11:51am PT by Ryan Parker
O.J. Simpson Was Nearly on 'The Simpsons' 25 Years Ago
O.J. Simpson was nearly a guest star on The Simpsons, showrunner Al Jean revealed Sunday.
The news was not random, as Fox will be airing the 2006 special, O.J. Simpson: The Last Confession, later on Sunday night.
"Ironically OJ simpson airs on fox 25 years to the day after the episode we asked him to be in (pre-murders) and he turned down," Jean wrote on Twitter.
The episode in question, Jean said, was the fourth-season classic, "Last Exit to Springfield," in which Homer becomes the head of the power plant union and Lisa gets braces.
"Fortunately he passed and we got Dr. Joyce [Brothers]," Jean added.
It is unclear what the gag would have been, but Brothers appeared as herself on the Kent Brockman-hosted news show Smartline, along with Homer and Mr. Burns.
O.J. Simpson: The Last Confession is set to premiere at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.
.@TheSimpsons Ironically OJ simpson airs on fox 25 years to the day after the episode we asked him to be in (pre-murders) and he turned down— Al Jean (@AlJean) March 11, 2018
last exit to Springfield fortunately he passed and we got Dr Joyce— Al Jean (@AlJean) March 11, 2018