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    There are some copies of the book that have already been shipped to bookstores. Orders have gone out to shred them, but I think it's a safe bet to assume that a few of those copies will be snatched up by someone and will end up either on e-bay, or in some other form for the public to know what is written.

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    I would be ashamed to be related to this man. Yikes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba-Jo-Lyn;2150457;
    The article also stated that because OJ fulfilled his obligation in dictating the book he gets to keep the $3.5 million that they paid him.
    Geez! Things keep going his way. He must have a deal with the devil.
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    I'm very glad to hear that the book and interview were cancelled.

    However, I can't believe that the slimeball OJ still made money. I heard that because it was done through a third party, none of the $3.5 million can be legally taken and put towards what he owes towards money outstanding from the civil suit. It does not go directly into a trust towards his children either.

    I'm onside with the lawyers trying to get any or all of this $3.5 out of OJ's hands.

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    The first thing I thought when I read this was "Wow, I guess karma does work."
    Publisher behind O.J. Simpson book fired

    NEW YORK - Extra! Extra! The press release arrived with a headline worthy of Rupert Murdoch: HARPERCOLLINS TERMINATES JUDITH REGAN. So ended, at least for now, one of the book world's most profitable and provocative careers.

    Regan,O.J. Simpson's would-be publisher, has been fired, her sensational tenure at the Murdoch-owned HarperCollins finished off with the tersest of announcements.

    "Judith Regan's employment with HarperCollins has been terminated effective immediately," HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman said in a statement late Friday. "The REGAN publishing program and staff will continue as part of the HarperCollins General Books Group."

    Friedman offered no reason for the decision or details of any kind. But her statement comes just weeks after Murdoch's cancellation of Simpson's hypothetical murder confession, "If I Did It," a planned book and Fox television interview that Regan vehemently defended but was greeted with instant and near-universal disgust.

    HarperCollins did not immediately return phone and e-mail messages seeking additional comment. Messages left with Regan's publicist, Suzanne Wickham, and her lawyer, Bert Fields, were not immediately returned.

    "She's a tremendously inventive publisher, but I guess she just pushed the envelope too far," said Jonathan Karp, publisher of the Warner Twelve imprint at the Hachette Book Group.

    The 53-year-old Regan, a former National Enquirer reporter, has been turning out hits since the 1980s, including books by Howard Stern,
    Drew Barrymore and Rush Limbaugh. But her image is as harsh as some of her writers. An industry outsider, and proud of it, Regan has been labeled a "foul-mouthed tyrant" and the "enfant terrible of American publishing."

    She is also widely envied if not admired for attracting headlines about her books, and herself.

    Since 1994, she has headed the ReganBooks imprint at News Corp.'s HarperCollins, an ideal fit for Murdoch's tabloid tastes. Regan has published a long list of racy smashes, among them Jose Canseco's "Juiced" and Jenna Jameson's "How to Make Love Like a Porn Star," and is the rare publisher of interest to gossip columnists, notably for a rumored affair with former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik.

    She often clashed with her more temperate peers and is widely believed to have had tense relations with Friedman. Last year, Regan moved her offices to Los Angeles, further distancing herself from corporate officials in New York. She has worked on numerous television projects and currently hosts a talk show on Sirius Satellite Radio.

    Longtime ReganBooks author Jess Walter said he was "flabbergasted" by her firing.

    "I think Judith was misunderstood by people," said Walter, a National Book Award finalist last month for his novel, "The Zero."

    "The Judith I knew was nothing like the tabloid headlines," he said. "Judith has always been a good friend and one of the few people who never lied to me. Having dealt with publishing and Hollywood, I can't say that about everyone."

    Regan has often complained that her more literary side has been overlooked, pointing out that she has published books by Jess Walter, Wally Lamb and Douglas Coupland. The Simpson project, announced the day before the National Book Award ceremony, quickly overshadowed Walter's nomination.

    Simpson's book, said to have described how he theoretically would have committed the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, had been scheduled for release Nov. 30 following the airing of a two-part Simpson interview.

    Simpson was acquitted of murder in 1995 but later found liable for the killings in a wrongful-death suit filed by the Goldman family.

    Upcoming titles from ReganBooks include a memoir from former
    Pentagon official Douglas Feith, an architect of the U.S. war in Iraq; and sports writer Peter Golenbock's "7: The Mickey Mantle Novel," a raunchy, fictionalized account of the baseball great that has angered some of Mantle's admirers.
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    Regan's deserved to get her ass fired for a long time. She's pulled some real stunts during her tenure.

    I suppose the argument going the other way would cite that her books sold really well. But they've done very little to enrich our culture.

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    I heard she was fired for making racials slurs against a Jewish man.

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    That was interesting, rt1ky... so I went peeking around. here's the article:

    NEW YORK - In an explosive telephone argument that led to her firing, publisher Judith Regan allegedly complained of a “Jewish cabal” against her in the book industry and stated that Jews “should know about ganging up, finding common enemies and telling the big lie.”

    A spokesman for Regan’s former employer, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., told The Associated Press on Monday that the remarks were made during a conversation between Regan and HarperCollins attorney Mark Jackson, who took notes. At the time, the two were discussing the future of a controversial new novel about baseball star Mickey Mantle.

    The spokesman, Andrew Butcher, released the comments in response to a threatened libel suit from Regan’s legal representative, Hollywood attorney Bert Fields, who had called earlier reports of inappropriate remarks “completely untrue” and added that the publisher “didn’t have an anti-Semitic bone in her body.”

    Since 1994, Regan had headed the ReganBooks imprint at News Corp.’s HarperCollins. She was fired Friday.

    The allegations first emerged earlier Monday when The New York Times, citing two unnamed News Corp. officials, referred to unspecified anti-Semitic comments.

    Regan, one of the book world’s most successful and temperamental publishers, reportedly had a long history of tension with HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman even as Murdoch supported her. But last month, Murdoch canceled “If I Did It,” her planned O.J. Simpson book and Fox television interview.

    Simpson’s book, said to have described how he theoretically would have committed the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, had been scheduled for release Nov. 30 following the airing of a two-part Simpson television interview. Its announcement was greeted with universal disgust and the project was called off despite Regan’s vehement defense of what she called Simpson’s “confession.”

    Regan’s tirade last Friday, if true, marks the latest such outburst by a public figure. In July, Mel Gibson uttered anti-Semitic slurs after being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. The Academy Award-winning filmmaker later apologized for his “vitriolic and harmful words,” and stated, “Please know from my heart that I am not an anti-Semite.”

    Blaming the ‘Jewish cabal’
    News Corp. and Fields offered widely different versions of Friday’s phone call between Regan, in Los Angeles, and Jackson, based in New York.

    Butcher said that Regan and Jackson were discussing an upcoming Regan book, Peter Golenbock’s “7: The Mickey Mantle Novel,” in which the author, imagining he is Mantle, confesses in detail to a life of sexual exploits, including a tryst with Marilyn Monroe.

    With Mantle’s family and fans of the late Yankee enraged, Regan and Jackson of HarperCollins were discussing the timing and content of the planned March release, according to Butcher. Regan became frustrated by what she believed was HarperCollins’ lack of support, and lashed out.

    She complained that Jackson, HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman, HarperCollins Executive Editor David Hirshey and longtime literary agent Esther Newberg were a “Jewish cabal,” Butcher said.

    Butcher said she pleaded with Jackson: “Of all people, Jews should know about ganging up, finding common enemies and telling the big lie.”

    Fields, whose other clients have included Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise, said Regan and Jackson had discussed some “records” Regan was trying to obtain. Fields acknowledged that Regan argued with Jackson, but denied she said anything anti-Semitic.
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    Dreamer rt1ky's Avatar
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    Thanks for finding the article.
    One more piece of evidence to how classless this woman is.

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    What really amazes me is that what finally brought her down at News Corp is this instead of the part she played in the Simpson deals.
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