O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday less than nine years into his 33-year prison sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping. Celebrities are now reacting on Twitter to the news of his early release. See Hollywood stars’ tweets below.
The disgraced former football player has been imprisoned at Nevada’s Lovelock Correctional Center since 2008 after holding two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in their Las Vegas hotel. Simpson, who was accompanied by four other men, committed the crime in an attempt to retrieve NFL items he claimed belonged to him. Simpson’s request for a retrial was rejected in 2013, but good behavior resulted in the court dropping five of the 12 charges for which he was convicted. Now with Thursday’s new ruling, it’s expected Simpson will be released from prison by October.
One celebrity weighing in on the parole board’s decision to grant Simpson an early release is Arsenio Hall, who said, “O.J. Simpson is taking his talents to South Beach!” Harry Shearer offered, “OJ today: ‘Nobody’s ever accused me of pulling a weapon on them.’ Nobody who’ still alive.” And John Fugelsang wrote, “If I had a time machine I’d stop OJ from killing those ppl so that nobody would ever know what a Kardashian is.”
Meanwhile, Gilbert Gottfried quipped, “OJ just told the judge ‘I would kill to get out of here!’” And Billy Eichner asked, Is OJ on RAYA?” in reference to the celebrity dating app. Gossip Cop will update as more celebrities react to Simpson being granted parole from prison.