O.J. Simpson Granted Parole: Media Figures, Hollywood Stars React

The NFL star will receive an early release from prison, where he's serving time for his role in a Vegas sports memorabilia heist.

O.J. Simpson was granted parole on Thursday after serving roughly nine years of a 33-year conviction for kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges related to a sports memorabilia heist in Las Vegas.

The former NFL star and accused murderer, who was acquitted of killing ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and friend Ron Goldman in a trial that captivated the country's attention more than 20 years ago, could be released as soon as Oct. 1

The Nevada Board of Parole hadn't even made its decision when public figures from the entertainment industry and news media started weighing in on Simpson's hearing, which began around 1 p.m. ET and lasted more than an hour.

Many urged Simpson and his attorney, who offered extended statements, to stop talking. Simpson's comment about living "a conflict-free life" also received some surprised responses. After the board reached its decision, a unanimous one to grant him parole, more public figures weighed in.

Read on to see what the stars are saying about Simpson.