O.J. Simpson ‘Not Excited’ to Watch American Crime Story, But ‘Won’t Be Able to Take His Eyes Off It,” Says Ex-Business Manager
The Trial of the Century is returning to American homes Tuesday night, when American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, premieres on FX. But will it’s primary subject be watching?
O.J. Simpson, who was ultimately acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, is currently imprisoned for a 2008 gunpoint robbery in Nevada. A spokesperson for the Nevada Department of Corrections tells PEOPLE that Lovelock Correctional Center, where Simpson is imprisoned, “does not have FX offered to the inmates,” meaning Simpson would not be able to watch.
However, Simpson’s former business manager Norman Pardo says Simpson does have a television in his cell, and believes he will be able to view the mini-series.
“[Prison officials] will find a way to bring it into the prison just to torture him,” Pardo tells PEOPLE. “They’ll figure out a way to let him watch it – anything that will make him look bad or feel bad.”
Pardo says though Simpson is not looking forward to the miniseries, in which he is played by Cuba Gooding Jr., he won’t be able to help but watch if given the opportunity.
“Plenty of people have cellphones in there and they can get it streamed to their phone,” says Pardo. “He’s not excited about it and neither is his family. And I’m not saying he’ll want to watch it, but it’s like a train wreck and he won’t be able to take his eyes off it.”
Some of the real-life people portrayed in the miniseries have weighed in the miniseries, with Nicole’s best friend Kris Jenner previously telling PEOPLE she hopes it will put domestic violence in the spotlight.
“Whether you think O.J. is guilty or innocent, the facts do show that there was domestic violence in the home,” she told PEOPLE exclusively. “That’s a matter of record. He knows it, she knew it. A lot of people have forgotten that and they need to be reminded.”
American Crime Story premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on FX.