Pitiful Ryan O’Neal on The Today Show: I suppose I was a bad parent

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It’s been almost three years since Farrah Fawcett died, but that time frame seems off to me somehow, like she passed either just a year ago or over five years ago. I’m not sure how to explain it. Well since Farrah has passed her family has been truly struggling, especially her son, Redmond, who has been in and out of jail and rehab. Redmond’s dad Ryan was a piss poor parent to to say the least. Ryan and Redmond, now 27, were arrested for drug possession, including meth, in 2008 before Farrah passed. Redmond had to get a pass from jail to attend his mother’s funeral, and he went in shackles and a jumpsuit. Ryan also had a domestic abuse incident in 2007 against his older son, Redmond’s half brother Griffin. Griffin later claimed that Ryan first introduced him to cocaine when he was just 11 years old, and that Ryan regularly did drugs with Redmond. He also said that Ryan often cheated on Farrah and that he was so sweet to her later in life because he was hoping to be put in her will. (He wasn’t, Farrah’s estate went to charity and to Redmond.)

Ryan has a new memoir out chronicling his life with Farrah. He’s also suffering from prostate cancer, he was just diagnosed, and leukemia, which he’s had for years. Ryan was on The Today Show this morning, having canceled yesterday’s interview after a panic attack. He said it was his first panic attack. During the interview he seemed very pitiful and kind of lost. You could tell he was having trouble explaining himself and that he was unprepared to answer questions about the book. He hedged and changed the subject quite a few times. Here’s more on what he said about his kids, thanks to Radar:

In a sad segment on Tuesday’s Today Show, one-time Hollywood hunk Ryan O’Neal came off as a broken man, admitting his failure as a parents and his profound loneliness without longtime love Farrah Fawcett, as he himself now battles cancer.

Ryan — who abruptly left the show’s New York set for a scheduled chat Monday — said he’d “just broke out into a terrible sweat.

“You wouldn’t have wanted me,” Ryan said, looking tired with a bandage on his nose after a recent procedure.

Asked if he’d indeed had a panic attack, O’Neal said he assumed he did, though he “never had one before.”

The subject of his kids came up and it made for extremely uncomfortable TV: The father-of-four — Patrick, Tatum, Griffin and Redmond — was honest in assessing his accountability in the the addiction issues of the latter three, and past jail histories of the latter two.

“Were you a bad parent?” Lauer asked the Love Story star, who said contritely, “Looks like it, doesn’t it? Sure looks like it … I suppose I was.”

Ryan said he “wasn’t trained” to be a father, and can’t continue to be held accountable with his children all adults.

“Griffin is 45, Tatum is 49, who’s the other one? Redmond is 27. They have to take hold of their own existences.”

He joked, “Even with those kids … I never suffered a panic attack.”

[From Radar]

Radar didn’t recap the things that Ryan said about Farrah. That was truly hard to watch. Lauer questioned Ryan about allegations he made about Farrah in the book, that she was obsessed with her appearance as she got older, and that she suffered from mood swings. He hedged and skirted around the questions, and I found it particularly sad the way he addressed the question about her moods. That’s at about 4:20 in the video above:

On if Farrah sought treatment for mood swings
No. I felt that she was uncomfortable with me and that maybe I had grown boring to her. It was tough.

See, he didn’t really answer the question at all and turned it around to where he was some kind of victim. At about 5:10 Ryan looked confused and said that “she loved me, she said so. She said so. I couldn’t write a book if she hadn’t.” It seemed kind of heartbreaking. He just looked down the whole time and barely looked at Matt Lauer in the eye.

I got the impression that O’Neal used a ghostwriter for the most of the book and didn’t realize everything that was in it. He came across as ashamed about his life and not sure how to explain things. I also got the impression that he felt sorry for himself, and that his grief over Farrah was something of a put on. I’m not saying he didn’t love her deeply, just that it seemed like he was trying to get us to feel for him. Maybe he’s just very sick and confused, though.

Photos are from yesterday in NY. Credit: Diane Cohen/FameFlynet Pictures

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THG Week in Review: April 15-21, 2011



Welcome to THG’s Week in Review! Below, our staffers look back at the stories, stars and scandals that made the last seven days some of the craziest ALL MONTH.

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Now, a rundown of the week that was at The Hollywood Gossip:

RIP Dick Clark

  • The legendary Dick Clark passed away of a heart attack at the age of 82.
  • Other stars we lost this week: Levon Helm, Jonathan Frid and Greg Ham.
  • Yet another epic Mel Gibson rant emerged, this time at Joe Eszterhas.
  • A shocking Pippa Middleton gun photo scandal has raised eyebrows.
  • Adele was named extremely influential. Big surprise right?

  • George Zimmerman apologized to Trayvon Martin’s family in court.
  • He will be released on $150,000 bail shortly pending murder trial.
  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie got engaged. It was simply magical.
  • Sarah Silverman Tweeted about getting an abortion.
  • Ryan O’Neal has prostate cancer.

  • Tupac Shakur was resurrected in hologram form at Coachella …
  • … unless that was actually the real Tupac. Who knows.
  • Troubled Amanda Bynes may soon end up in rehab.
  • A bunch of celebrity stoners really enjoyed 4/20.
  • Somebody let one rip on the Miami Heat bench …

What was the highlight of the week for you? Did we leave anything out?

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Secret Service Agents Dismissed in Colombia, Scandal Erupts Over Alleged Prostitution Use



A dozen Secret Service agents have been removed from their posts in Colombia, U.S. officials confirm, following incidents of “misconduct” that sources say relate to at least one refusing to pay a prostitute for her services.

The agents were stationed in that country ahead of President Obama’s arrival for the Summit of the Americas, which started today.

Obama and Agents

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan has not yet disclosed the nature of the allegations that resulted in replacing these agents with new ones, though insiders tell The Washington Post that at least one agent solicited a prostitute – the act is legal in certain Colombian areas – who then went to the police when she was not paid.

None of those relieved of duty was a member of the President’s security detail.

Ronald Kessler, the author of “In the President’s Service” and a former reporter for The Washington Post, told CBS News this represents “the biggest scandal in Secret Service history” and marks a “tremendous embarrassment to the U.S.”

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Emily Maynard: The Bachelorette Portrait Revealed!



Ready to fall in love again?

The new season of The Bachelorette is just one month away, with Emily Maynard ready to dole out the roses beginning May 14. To mark the occasion, ABC has released the first promotional poster and photo featuring the star.

Check out both Emily Maynard pictures below:

Emily Maynard: The Bachelorette Portrait!Emily Maynard: The Bachelorette!

Unfortunately (and obviously), her relationship with Brad Womack ended, and along with it, the dream of moving on and starting a new family with daughter Ricki.

But when one door closes, another opens, and now that she’s the one handing out roles on ABC’s hit show, she’s ready to seek love she richly deserves yet again.

Let the new round of summer guilty pleasure viewing, wine guzzling, drama contriving and general disregard for dating etiquette and sometimes human decency begin!

Emily Maynard: Good choice for The Bachelorette?

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Ryan O’Neal Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer



Ryan O’Neal has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

“Recently I was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer,” said the actor, who has successfully battled leukemia, in a statement released by his rep.

“Although I was shocked and stunned by the news, I feel deeply fortunate that it was detected early and according to my extraordinary team of doctors the prognosis is positive for a full recovery,” the statement adds.

Old Ryan O'Neal Pic

“I am deeply grateful for the support of my friends and family during this time, and I urge everyone to get regular check-ups, as early detection is the best defense against this horrible disease that has afflicted so many.”

O’Neal, 70, was treated in the late 1990s for myelogenous leukemia, which causes the bone marrow to produce too many white blood cells.

The latest diagnosis comes three years after he lost the love of his life, Farrah Fawcett, who died of cancer at 62. They have one son, Redmond O’Neal.

Here’s wishing him a fast and full recovery.

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Dancing With the Stars Premiere Countdown: Security on High Alert For Chaz Bono Haters



Dancing With the Stars is set to kick off its 13th season in a matter of hours, and ABC is on high alert for “crazies” who have a thing against Chaz Bono.

Given the surprising backlash against the transgendered star’s casting, network execs and producers are taking no chances for Monday night’s premiere.

There have not been any credible, specific threats against Chaz Bono, TMZ reports, but the unprecedented level of hatred and controversy he’s generated are no joke.

Chaz Bono Head Shot

Until further notice, Chaz will be given extra security while he’s on the CBS Television City lot, where the show is filmed, and off the premises as well.

This isn’t the first time DWTS has had to deal with security issues – there were several incidents with Bristol Palin – but it may be the most serious.

It’s good to hear ABC will do whatever it takes to keep Chaz safe. Shielding the public from his bad dance moves, however, is a whole ‘nother story.

What are your thoughts on Chaz going Dancing With the Stars?

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Did Ryan O’Neal Bail on Dancing With the Stars Because Nancy Grace Sucks?



Ryan O’Neal was all but confirmed to appear on Dancing With the Stars this season … until he wasn’t. The reason, sources say, is his disdain for Nancy Grace.

Sources close to the Ryan say he was set to do the show but pulled out late when he learned Grace would be a part of the Dancing With the Stars cast.

The actor is steamed about Grace’s recent harsh words for his son Redmond O’Neal, who has drug problems, and for suggesting Ryan is a bad parent.

Old Ryan O'Neal PicUn-Graceful

For her part, Grace is perplexed that O’Neal dropped out of her, telling TMZ, she never said anything bad about him … even loosely or tangentially.

“We have never covered Mr. O’Neal nor his family on our show,” the pundit said, adding that, “I hate that he dropped out of Dancing With the Stars.”

“I would have loved to compete with him and wish him the very best.”

Grace says she considers O’Neal to be one of the great actors of our time and she finds his relationship with Farrrah Fawcett “an inspiration to me.”

Well, somebody’s clearly not telling the truth here.

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