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Two days before taping, Jill can go into her pre-show meeting with Oprah bearing good news. "Mark was a bit of a tough booking but we stuck to our guns," she says. "We spent the last few weeks calling Mark Fuhrman, and he said yes."

During the pre-show meeting, Jill tells Oprah about Mark's reluctance to discuss race. "We've had a lot of conversations with him and he's not coming on the show to defend himself about being a racist," Jill says. "He's been there, he's done that. He's apologized to you. He's apologized to the human race."

Oprah still thinks race needs to be part of the conversation. "The truth is you can't have Mark Fuhrman on without talking about race, racism and O.J. Simpson," Oprah says. "But I also understand his reluctance to do so. Because if you're looking at him as a man, a human being, a father, a husband, a citizen of his community, whatever it is he's now doing, he's trying to move on with his life."

Above all, Oprah wants the show to connect with the audience. "So it's not just his story," Oprah says. "That it becomes about a pivotal moment in your life. You can't take it back. And that moment changes the trajectory of your life forever."

Jill has some thinking to do. "We have to figure out how's this going to work and everyone's going to walk away happy."


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