Tatum: He's Nuts

In a new interview, Tatum O'Neal dishes on her relationship with her father, Ryan O'Neal. Now she's worried he's going to beat her up.

tatum o'neal tv showTatum O'Neal describes her famous father Ryan O'Neal as a frightening mess in a recent interview. Promoting their upcoming reality TV show, Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals, Tatum depicts her father as a man out of control whom she fears, and she has no plans of watching the TV version of their relationship beyond the first episode.

"My dad is kind of ego-driven," Tatum says of how the idea for the show came about. Ryan was eager to get back on TV, she tells Howard Stern, and when Stern asks if Ryan was "desperate to be on TV," Tatum agrees.

As for Ryan's weepy appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show after the death of Farrah Fawcett, with whom Ryan had a son, Tatum declines to comment on whether or not she thought Ryan's tears were crocodile tears.

"Because he might beat me up or something," she says, and it doesn't sound like she's joking.

O'Neal, 47, is promoting her second book, Found: A Daughter's Journey Home, a warts-and-all account of her troubles with drugs, love and her kids.

"He's only comfortable, I would say, with women who are much younger and so in some way I must threaten him," she says of her complicated relationship with her father. "My dad's chosen to be in a certain time zone and not evolve past it."

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Comments on "Tatum O'Neal slams her father in a shocking interview"

Kathryn July 25, 2011 | 5:19 PM

After watching the entire series, I have to agree with Tatum that her father is "nuts." Ryan O'Neal IS an extremely ego-driven man who is totally incapable of understanding, accepting or appreciating the role he played (or didn't at the times he should have) in the destruction of his relationship with his daughter (and son, Griffin). It was often painful to watch the series as Tatum tried the impossible-to make a connection with her own father who, from the get-go, was never a "father" to any of his children. He lacks so many basic skills that Tatum's valiant attempt to reconnect with him was doomed. It's actually a miracle that, her addiction issues aside, Tatum is so incredibly grounded. Her father is not and will never be. I'm sure it was a huge disappointment to Tatum but best that she just move on and continue to be the excellent mother she is to HER children.

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