For senior supervising producer Jill VanLokeren, getting former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman
to sit down for an interview on the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder trial was no easy feat. "He's obviously been burned in the past. He needed to trust us, and he needed to trust our intentions," Jill tells Oprah. "The first thing he said to you in the green room was, 'I was really tough on your team.'"
Jill says making sure the guest's intentions are understood before the interview is crucial. After discussions with Mark stalled, Jill says she backed off. When she and Mark spoke again, he agreed to appear. "He came back and not only did it, he was only supposed to be on 20 minutes, [but] it ended up going the hour," Jill says. "He said it was the best television experience he's ever had."
Published on December 29, 2010