Kato Kaelin reviews, debunks 'The People vs. O.J. Simpson'
On Tuesday, FX's The People vs. O.J. Simpson transported Kato Kaelin back to the guest house that made him famous some 20 years earlier. And by the looks of his reviews for the New York Daily News, he wasn't too happy about it, either.
His preview of Episode 2 (airing next Tuesday at 10 ET/PT): "There's too much Kato Kaelin in this series — even for Kato Kaelin's taste!"
Though he's less than thrilled with the "ridiculous blond wig" worn by his TV stand-in, Billy Magnussen, he's more concerned with Ryan Murphy's limited series putting him in situations where he was not present and consistently getting the facts wrong — especially when many of those details are easily verified through court transcripts.
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In the premiere episode, "the program shows the limo driver waiting on the curb to take O.J. to the airport, with the driver loading luggage. The car was actually in the driveway and I was there talking to the driver. An important part of my testimony included how O.J. told me not to touch a bag that I had tried to help load. A bag that, to this day, has never been found."
He added that, "The second episode shows Kato sitting with OJ's family when Robert Kardashian announces that O.J. killed himself and reads the suicide note. I was never there. Did that actually happen? I don't know. I just know I wasn't there."
Kaelin does praise The People vs. O.J. Simpson for its good use of "actual news footage during the chase," though that poses another ethical dilemma. "I'm afraid a whole new generation will be watching this as a documentary rather than a drama."
He also addressed criticism over his Episode 1 review, which readers labeled "nitpicky" and his attention to detail "absurd."
No, Kaelin writes, "Nitpicky would be complaining they didn't get the right shade of blonde. Absurdity is the fact that some people are ok with the series' inability to get it right. When the "who what why where and whens" are actually documented and they still get it wrong, then how much fabrication will there be, on things that aren't in court transcripts?"
He reiterated many of those points as he watched the premiere live, replying to viewers' tweets.