August 6, 2009

Jim Moret: Larry, Bruno & Me

Posted: 04:03 PM ET

By Jim Moret, Chief Correspondent for Inside Edition

Watch what you say to Larry King.  Larry is a colleague and a mentor, and I owe him a great deal.  But be careful whenever you talk to him – because he listens. And he remembers.

I was the main anchor for CNN’s marathon coverage of the OJ Simpson criminal trial. This was an almost blissful era in television, before a cacophony of talking heads flooded the nightly airwaves, and before MSNBC or Fox News were in business.  CNN was the network of record for the trial and the ratings were record-setting.jim-moret

I was an occasional guest host and a frequent guest on Larry’s program, and we often spoke before each show, mostly small talk in the make-up room. One particular evening I was telling him how coincidental it was that I actually owned size 12 Bruno Magli shoes. That particular manufacturer and size was the focal point of the early days of the trial, since the killer of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman left a bloody footprint at the scene identified as being made by just such a shoe. Mine, were of course, not the “ugly-ass” model OJ disavowed ever owning, but they were Bruno Magli’s, nonetheless.

“You have size 12 Bruno Magli’s?”, he said as he sat upright with a jolt.  I suddenly had Larry’s complete attention.

“Yes,” I said almost sheepishly, adding, “And I was at the dance recital that day too. My daughter and OJ’s daughter were in the same school.”  Earlier the day of the double murders OJ was seen at the school’s annual performance, growing visibly upset after being rebuffed by his ex-wife. Prosecutors claimed Simpson’s behavior demonstrated his motive for the horrific slayings hours later.

Our conversation ended and we both walked into the studio, as I was once again scheduled to be a guest on Larry’s show. That night, I was seated alongside a law school professor, invited to explain that day’s developments in court. The show had barely begun when Larry asked my fellow panelist, “Professor, what is the significance of these size 12 Bruno Magli shoes?”

The professor answered, “Well, it is a very exclusive brand owned by a small number of people, and the specific size narrows that group even more.”

“Wait ‘til you hear Moret’s answer,” Larry said as he turned to me, with a broad grin.

The blood quickly drained from my face. I had no choice but to respond as we were on live television. “Larry, you know I have a pair of size 12 Bruno Magli’s. I told you about them just a few minutes ago.”

“You? You have size 12 Bruno Magli’s? Where were you the day of the murders?”, his voice rose as he pointed his finger across the desk in my direction.

Trying to remain calm, I responded, “Larry, as I told you, I was at the dance recital with OJ because our daughters were in the same school.”

“You – Jim Moret  – have size 12 Bruno Magli’s and you were at the dance recital the day of the murders?

“Yes.” (seeing my professional life flashing before my eyes)

Larry turned directly to camera. “Marcia Clark!”  (referring to the lead prosecutor in the Simpson case)  “If you are watching– we have another suspect! It’s Jim Moret! (pause) We’ll be back after this.”

After the show ended, and I had a chance to regain my bearings and my composure, I went up to Larry and asked “Larry – I am a lawyer and the main anchor for all the network’s coverage of this trial. Why did you bring that up on the air?”

Without a beat and showing neither malice nor guile, but rather almost a childlike amusement, Larry looked at me and said two words – with a smile.

“Great show.”

I guess it was.

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idzan ismail of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   August 6th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

A humoros story.
Thank you Mr Moret for sharing wih us the other side of Larry King.
You guys are the bomb.
The world look forward to CNN's coverage of Michael Jackson's trial ( if there's one) which I think will be the trial of the centrury.
I don't watch any other cable news except CNN.
Mr King, continue to be the cool gentleman you are.
Know what, your are my mom's age but you have not lost your youth.
They dont make guys like you anymore.
And Jim Moret, you are suave and debonair and I suppose a slick lawyer.

elliebelleable   August 6th, 2009 11:50 pm ET

I'm sure there's some hidden meaning to this story.

I love Larry King Live!

MARIE   August 7th, 2009 4:21 am ET

Mr. Moret is a hypocrite commentator – analyst. He relaied on hearsays and not from FACTS. In the michael Jackson Case, he is very exact and negative when it comes to Michael Jackson. Mr. Moret alwys attached the ODD AND STRANGE words about michael as the majority of the media were so responsible for DAMAGING Michael reputations, but in the eyes of good human beings like MICHAEL JACKSON, Mr. moret is one of those millions evil-persecutors of Michael Jackson whose life is hell even after death. Mr. Moret is nothing unlike Michael who was a wonderful, beautiful human being and absolutely, I beleive Michael is very much at peace in God's Paradise now. While Mr. Moret will rest in eternal Hell.!

MARIE   August 7th, 2009 4:31 am ET

For larry King: You makes a lot of money about Michael Jackson's life s and stories....You too join among millions of Evil persecutors of Michael, Now, how come you have the face to make money out from the GOOD MAN you so manytimes ridiculed? How dare you...!

MARIE   August 7th, 2009 4:34 am ET

Because of my negatives comments, I do believe you won't published this on your website. You'll never let the world know hwo ridiculous and horrible-media you are!

MARIE   August 7th, 2009 4:39 am ET

Larry what a shame for CNN and some of its staffs like you. You are great users when in comesto moeny making stroies like that of Michael, after you killed MICHAEL because of your silly-evil hearts. You unite with hose mean COURT JUDGES,, ATTORNEYS WHO DEFEND THOSE GREAT LIERS WHO EXTORTED MONEY FROM MICAHEL.

Malaika   August 7th, 2009 9:03 am ET


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