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Ryan O’Neal made some shocking confessions during his appearance on Piers Morgan Live -- including his belief that he and his family may have caused Farrah Fawcett’s cancer.

Ryan O'neal and Farrah Fawcett

If Ryan O'Neal is trying to get some publicity for his new show on the OWN network, Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals, it is working. The actor made an appearance on Piers Morgan Live on Monday night and talked about the death of his longtime girlfriend, Farrah Fawcett.

Fawcett lost her battle with cancer in 2009, and documented her long and painful struggle with the disease in her documentary, Farrah's Story.

O'Neal talked to Piers about Farrah -- and blamed himself and his estranged daughter, Tatum O'Neal, for her cancer.

"What bothers me the most is that there was turmoil during my love affair with Farrah, a lot of it caused by my family and my kids," O'Neal said. "All of them, but particularly Tatum. And I just think that if she had never met us, would she still be alive today? Because nobody knows what causes cancer."

"Do you really believe that?" asked Piers.

"Maybe it isn't true, but it's highly possible," O'Neal said. "I wasn't able to straighten out the mess we were in. And I sucked her in."

When Piers said that was a "harsh" thing to say to Tatum, O'Neal said, "Sorry, Tatum, but you probably know, too."

Watch Ryan O'Neal talk about Farrah's cancer here:

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Comments on "Ryan O'Neal thinks he and Tatum caused Farrah Fawcett's cancer"

lyn September 22, 2011 | 11:35 PM

As adults I DO think we can choose, to a degree, who we fall in love with. It's all water-under-the-bridge now, but Farrah was a married woman (who seemed happily so) until she met Ryan. I think she should not have given in to her lust for O'neal at the cost of her marriage. She had a tumultuos relationship with Ryan, and yes, he may have contributed to her cancer either by giving her HPV (he strikes me as quite the promiscuos type) or having her immune system break down from their stressful times together. Lee Majors (her husband) just seemed like a classier, more down-to-earth guy. The O'neals are all a dysfunctional mess.

mashelle July 12, 2011 | 1:32 PM

I belive he feels nothing but guilt. My mother and sister died within six months of each other. I feel no guilt however my ex -sister and ex-brother has the guilt

c.J June 22, 2011 | 7:56 PM

Tatum is nothing more than a dirt bag.

renee June 22, 2011 | 2:43 PM

Farrah Fawcett was a great actress. As Adult we can't help who we fall in love with. Mr. ONeal sounds lonely and the guilt is in the present. Before we die we have to work out all the demons in our lives. That's why the die apprear to be at peace. I have seen the new show. Mr. ONeal will be here along time. God be with Mr. ONeal and his family. Tatum great job with your recovery and you look great.

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