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"This was an ill-considered project."

News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, upon scrapping plans for a book and TV special in which O. J. Simpson hypothesized on how he would have murdered Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman

"I am not running for president...If the American people say I have to be president, it will happen."

Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich

"His songs were full of the notes of facts, but he knew to make the most of music you have to improvise."

Former President Bill Clinton, speaking at a memorial service for CBS correspondent Ed Bradley

"I am not a racist. That's what's so insane about this."

Former Seinfeld star Michael Richards, explaining an "N"-word-laced rant against African-American patrons at a comedy club

Sources: New York Times, Fortune, CBS News, ABC News