Ryan & Tatum O’Neal Talk Reconciliation & Farrah’s Oscar Snub
First Published: March 12, 2010 10:03 AM EST Credit: Access Hollywood
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- After years of being estranged and following the death of Farrah Fawcett, Ryan and Tatum O’Neal have finally reconciled.
Access Hollywood’s Maria Menounos sat down for an exclusive interview with the father and daughter on Thursday, where they joked they were still adjusting to being back in each other’s lives.
“Scary,” Ryan said when asked about seeing his daughter again.
“Real scary. Yeah, it feels beautiful, you know,” Tatum said.
“It’s over due,” Ryan added.
Tatum explained that she reached out to her father first, saying, “I called him up and he called me back.”
“Dads are patient,” Ryan said, describing being back in Tatum’s life as “wonderful.”
“When people reconnect especially if it’s your father and it’s your father and you’re the daughter… it’s pretty big, big stuff,” she explained to Maria, saying they had been estranged for almost ten years.
Ryan and Tatum told Maria they were both disappointed to see Farrah left out of the Oscar tribute to actors who passed way in 2009.
“When we didn’t see her at the Academy Awards… I was sad,” Ryan said. “Another insult. Cancer was the first but this was another one.”
“We feel it’s unfortunate that they didn’t [include Farrah.] We wanted to see her beautiful face. It would’ve made the telecast better. That’s all,” Tatum added. “We happen to know her and love her. He knew her, far longer and better than I did but she was amazing and I loved her too.”
They also spoke about Ryan and Farrah’s son, Remond O’Neal, who has been in and out of jail and rehab.
“I spoke to him today actually the first time in a couple of weeks,” Ryan said of his son. “He sounded wonderful and he has high hopes.”
“He’s getting better… [we] love him and miss him and pray for him everyday,” Tatum said.
Tune in to Access Hollywood Friday night for more with Ryan & Tatum O’Neal.
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