Despite a report that surfaced Monday that O.J. Simpson was positioning for a role on a cable comedy series, it won’t be happening, the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports.
The report surfaced in the New York Post, which said Simpson’s promoter, Norman Pardo, pitched the idea of a role for the former NFL standout on FX’s "Anger Management," "and was met with a resounding thumbs-up."
Simpson followed his football career with a successful move into acting before his fall from grace in the mid-1990s, with a filmography that includes "The Towering Inferno," "Capricorn One" and the "Naked Gun" movies, along with TV shows such as "Cade’s County," "Here’s Lucy" and "In the Heat of the Night." He also executive produced a number of TV projects.
The original report in the New York Post cited Pardo saying that an executive on "Anger Management" had called Simpson a "perfect fit" for the show.
But representatives at Lionsgate and the show said there wasn’t any truth to the story. An FX exec said, "It will never happen," the Times notes.
Simpson is currently serving a 33-year prison sentence for a robbery and kidnapping conviction.