Tatum O’Neal Reacts to Her Father’s Outrageous Charges

by | June 24, 2011 at 6:08 PM | The Talk, TV News

Tatum O'Neal on "The Talk."  (CBS) The sparring O’Neals are at it again. Earlier in the week, Ryan O’Neal told CNN’s Piers Morgan that it was “highly possible” the turmoil in his family life caused longtime companion Farrah Fawcett’s cancer. [Watch the entire interview here.] “What bothers me the most was that there was turmoil during my love affair with Farrah, a lot of it caused by my kids, all of them, but particularly Tatum,” he said. How did his Oscar-winning daughter Tatum O’Neal respond to that outrageous charge? Did she call up her father? Did they make an appointment with a family therapist? Did she write him a note? No, apparently that’s not how it’s done in Hollywood. Instead, Tatum sat down with Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osbourne on “The Talk.” “How did you feel when you watched that?” asked Sharon, referring to the CNN interview. “I didn’t watch,” said Tatum, who in very diplomatic terms added, “I wish it had been different and more loving.” The elder O’Neal, among other things, also told Morgan that he thought his daughter’s suicide attempt at age 13 was faked. “Why would he say that?” asked Sara Gilbert. “Even if I was faking, which sadly I wasn’t, that’s a kid crying out for help,” said Tatum, who added much more. Watch the entire interview (below) for her full response. Both O’Neals are currently promoting their OWN reality show, “Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals,” which chronicles their effort to reach a rapprochement after 25 years of estrangement. Sadly, Ryan chose to skip “The Talk,” which drew a scolding from Osbourne, who lives two doors from him in Malibu. “Don’t be a coward,” she said. “Get your raggedy old ass here.” “I think I heard he’s talked out,” said Tatum. Too bad, as he seems to have more to say.

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