Ryan told TV Guide Magazine the show hurt -- instead of helped -- his relationship with Tatum. He said the two are no longer speaking.
"We only reconciled on the show," he told the magazine. "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."
Ryan seemed reluctant to have the therapy on camera. "Is it healthy to air your dirty laundry?" he said. "And should family members do that?" Tatum disagreed that there were "a lot of dirty laundry aspects to it." Still, she brought some perspective to the therapeutic process. "We're not able to fix the past," she said. "The past is the past. And I know, dad, how you really feel. I know you have great regret."
Meant to repair their father-daughter bond and end their 25-year estrangement, the eight-hour run of 'The O'Neals' actually managed to have some heart along with the ongoing drama and re-hashing of arrests, addictions and betrayals.
So where will Ryan and Tatum end things in this weekend's finale (airs Sun., 10PM ET on OWN)? And is a true reconciliation really possible after so many years and so many issues?
Judging by this deleted scene, it looks like it. Instead of fighting or sitting in a therapy session, this finale sneak peek shows them bonding in a different way: at a Hollywood dance class. There's sweat, weird spoken word-style messages and plenty of arm flailing ... in short, it's kind of awesome.
When she talked about being left alone, he tried to argue that she wasn't. She had her mother, who'd already given up custody of Tatum to Ryan, as well as "many, many friends," he told her. "You were a famous person."
"You hear how crazy that sounds," she said to him, but he didn't. He refused even to acknowledge that she was still a kid at the time, talking about how sophisticated she was for 17, and how she got her own apartment.
Their attempted reconciliation is at the heart of 'Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals' (Sun., 10PM ET on OWN).
The eight-episode series premiered with Tatum, having relocated to the West Coast after nearly 25 years estranged from her father, in an attempt to reconnect. She's battled her own demons, particularly a volatile marriage to tennis pro John McEnroe and heroin addiction, but is sober now.
Tatum invited her father to her birthday party, and this time he showed up. The pair laughed and reminisced about her crazy 15th birthday bash, which saw thousands of people show up, including Brooke Shields and Michael Jackson.
"It was a way back," said Ryan. "There weren't that many paths. This looked promising because we work well together. We have a history. I thought maybe we could make more history."
Tatum agreed it would be a good setting. "We do work well together," she said. "Let's have that conversation in a work setting and we will sort of find our way back that way."
There was a light moment when Robin Roberts said there were two sides to the story. "Well, then let's hear mine," quipped Ryan. "Perfect," replied Tatum. The pair agreed their lives would be enriched by reconciling, and at the very least, the comic timing is still there.
'Dancings With the Stars' Season 11 Cast Rumors: David Hasselhoff, Michael Bolton and Kirstie Alley in?
David Hasselhoff, singer Michael Bolton and Ryan O'Neal are the latest stars rumored to be getting their dance on this season. On the sitcom front, we have Kirstie Alley, Florence Henderson and Jennifer Grey.
'Baywatch' star Hasselhoff may be following in his co-star Pamela Anderson's footsteps and go after the mirrorball trophy this season. According to Access Hollywood, the Hoff is ready for his bedazzled closeup.
RadarOnline reports that Bolton may use 'DWTS' as a platform for a major comeback. It's certainly helped other stars regain a place in the spotlight. 'Dancing With the Stars' co-host Brooke Burke even mentioned Bolton as a possible dancer on 'Lopez Tonight.'
Variety reports that the estranged pair are now living together for a new show called 'Lost and Found' -- a "docusoap" about to be pitched to networks.
Apparently, the idea came after the death of Farrah Fawcett, and now "the duo will undergo therapy together, and also attempt to get to the root of the resentment Tatum has held toward her father." And, of course, amuse the masses with their dysfunction.
The show will also watch them head off for auditions, date, and the rest of life's daily happenings.
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OK, maybe that's not part of most family holidays, but that's exactly what 'Bones' has in store for fans this year, as Fox has announced Zooey Deschanel will be a special guest star for this year's holiday episode. Zooey, who has appeared in numerous films such as '500 Days of Summer' and 'Elf', will team up with her sister, 'Bones' star Emily Deschanel, for the first time on screen.
(S03E13)"Friends don't let friends' fathers go to the electric chair." -- Angela, on why she wouldn't testify against Bones' dad
Doubt. A word that many of us use in some context at least once a day. We don't doubt it, we doubt it happened or, used in a positive manner, we prove that there isn't any doubt about it. In the legal world the word has a much more powerful connotation. Should a shred of doubt exist during a criminal trial, there is always that slim chance that the judge or jury will see past the crime of the defendant and rule in the opposite manner.
Sometimes, the physical evidence that the prosecution provides is the reason for doubt. Other times, it is the testimony of the witnesses that causes the judge or jury to think. Then, there are those times where doubt is seeded by the team of lawyers who are trying to get their client off.
Finally, there are those very rare occasions where the doubt is provided by the client's daughter. Guess which type of doubt was used in this week's episode of Bones?
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