Video: Ryan O'Neal Says Reconcilliation with Tatum Faked for TV

| by Michael Allen

Ryan O'Neal recently told TV Guide Magazine that his "happy ending" with daughter Tatum wasn't real (see video below): "We only reconciled on the show. Not in life. In fact, we're further apart now than we were when we started the show. So thanks, Oprah, for all your help."

The show on Oprah Winfrey's network followed Tatum moving home to Los Angeles to reconcile with her estranged father. In conjunction with the series, Tatum released a memoir, 'Found: A Daughter's Journey Home.'

After starring in several films together, Ryan and Tatum were estranged for more than 25 years. In her 2004 autobiography 'A Paper Life,' Tatum alleged sexual abuse by a male friend of her father's as well as physical and emotional abuse from Ryan. At the time, Ryan released this statement: "It is a sad day when malicious lies are told in order to become a best-seller."

In June 2011, Ryan went on 'Piers Morgan Tonight' and said that Tatum and their family drama may have caused Farrah Fawcett's cancer: "There was turmoil during my love affair with Farrah, a lot of it caused by my family, by my kids, all of them, but particularly Tatum. And I just think if she had never met us, would she still be alive today? Because nobody knows what causes cancer, do they?"