Ryan O'Neal Slams Oprah Winfrey Over Reality TV Show
Actor Ryan O'Neal has taken aim at talk show titan Oprah Winfrey for launching her OWN TV network prematurely, insisting she's to blame for his unsuccessful reality show.
In 2011, the 70 year old teamed up with his once-estranged daughter for Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals, which they filmed for OWN, but, despite family drama, the program failed to take off and has yet to be renewed for a second season.
He tells TMZ.com, "Nobody saw it... I don't know if Oprah saw it."
And now the Paper Moon star has taken a jab at Winfrey for failing to flesh out her passion project and see to the network's success after she recently confessed to several regrets, including launching OWN too early.
Earlier this month, the mogul said, "Launching when we really were not ready to launch, it's like having the wedding when you know you are not ready... Had I'd known that it was this difficult, I might have done something else."
And O'Neal is now wishing he had been clued in to Winfrey's concerns before signing up for the project - because it would have saved him from humiliation. He states, "I wish we had known that... she should have told us."
After he completed taping the reality show last year, the actor revealed Ryan & Tatum: The O'Neals didn't end well for father and daughter and they had not spoken for two months.
He told Access Hollywood it could have been a lot different if Winfrey had been a part of the series: "We never saw her, never spoke to her, not a note, not a line, not a word... I don't think she was even in Los Angeles (where the show was filmed). I guess she thought we'd take care of it ourselves."
"One of the reasons we did it (the show) is that Oprah has a kind of a magical touch and that, with the combination of Oprah and hope, she (Tatum) and I could manage to get past what was bothering us. But we needed her and she didn't show."