Caitlyn Jenner’s Parting Message of 'Good Riddance' to O.J. Simpson Swiftly Backfires

Jenner has spoken out about Simpson in the past, including in her 2017 memoir.

Split image with Caitlyn Jenner on the left and O.J. Simpson on the right, both posing for the camera
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Split image with Caitlyn Jenner on the left and O.J. Simpson on the right, both posing for the camera

Caitlyn Jenner shared a parting message for O.J. Simpson on Thursday following news of his death.

As previously reported, Simpson, who was quite controversially acquitted in 1995 of the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman, died this week at the age of 76 after what his family described as a battle with cancer. In a tweet shared shortly after, Jenner offered a quick "good riddance" that immediately, and expectedly, spurred a wave of commentary of its own.

Caitlyn Jenner's tweet expressing dismissal towards OJ Simpson

While some, sadly and predictably I might add, resorted to mere transphobia in response to Jenner’s remark, which says much more about the people making such comments than it does about who they think they're besting, much of the ensuing reactions centered on a fatal 2015 traffic collision involving the Olympian and Keeping Up With the Kardashians alum.

you should NOT be talking

— kira 👾 (@kirawontmiss) April 11, 2024

This is not a time to be transphobic in these comments or quotes. Ew

— TheeMarketingMamí (@WizMonifaaa) April 11, 2024

Very gender affirming , because THIS is the most white woman tweet ever

— CLUB JAY JAY (@JayJurden) April 11, 2024

girl really??

— BIBLEGIRL (@BIBLEGIRL222) April 11, 2024

Caitlyn Jenner, Didn’t you 💀 someone with your Cadillac escalade

— 2RawTooReal (@2RawTooReal) April 11, 2024

Bitch you are a white woman what about that person you ran over and killed ugly ass ho with them little ass lips I can’t stand yo raggedy cheesy ass how did you ever bag a bad bitch like Kris !!!!!???

— Raymonte (@BDTRELILBROTHER) April 11, 2024

When your homies really switch up on you

— aaron. (@ayroned) April 11, 2024

Streets ain’t forget big dawg…

— Hielo (@OfficiallyIce) April 11, 2024

To be clear, Jenner was never criminally charged over the collision, which resulted in the death of Kim Howe. Prosecutors noted that they were unable to "prove beyond a reasonable doubt that suspect’s conduct was unreasonable" on the day in question.

"It is a devastating tragedy," Jenner said in a 2015 statement on the Malibu crash. “I cannot pretend to imagine what this family is going through at this time. I am praying for them."

One year later, Jenner's legal team argued that harassment from paparazzi was a contributing factor. The I Am Cait star ultimately faced several civil lawsuits over the deadly crash, including a since-settled suit from Howe's stepchildren.

Simpson, though acquitted in 1995, was later found liable in civil suits from Brown and Goldman's families. Jenner has spoken out about Simpson in the past, including her claim that the late Robert Kardashian, who was part of Simpson's defense team and was married to Kris prior to Caitlyn, had strongly implied to her that he believed Simpson was guilty. Kardashian himself had also publicly expressed doubt about his former friend's innocence.

As for Jenner’s "good riddance" remark, she wasn’t the only one making such comments on Thursday. At one point, for example, the phrase "Rot in Hell" was trending on Twitter. Plenty of folks also turned to the Taught Me It Was Okay to Be Weird meme.

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