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Ryan O'Neal Speaks Out On Farrah Fawcett's Death To Piers Morgan (Video)

Farah Fawcett
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Farah Fawcett

O'Neal suggests that the "turmoil" caused by his children may have led to Fawcett's cancer.

When it comes to dysfunctional parent-child relationships, Ryan and Tatum O’Neal  are climbing the ranks with their new OWN reality show, Ryan & Tatum: The O‘Neals.

In addition to giving viewers insight into their daily lives and interactions, the O’Neals are also making the media rounds, often resulting in strange and sometimes shocking admissions and revelations.

During an appearance on Monday’s Piers Morgan Tonight, Ryan O'Neal suggests that it was his family who may have caused late love Farrah Fawcett’s cancer and ultimate death. Specifically, he name drops Tatum as a main source of stress.

“What bothers me the most is that there was turmoil during my love affair with Farrah,” he explains. “A lot of it caused by my family, by my kids. All of them, but particularly Tatum.

“I just think that if she had never met us, would she still be alive today?” he continues. “Because nobody knows what causes cancer, do they really? She didn’t smoke, she didn’t drink, she exercised every day and she believed in good health. And then we came along, the four of us. And gradually she got weaker. I don’t know.”

Though he concedes that the theory is only a mere possibility, O'Neal still ultimately blames himself.

“Sorry, Tatum. But you probably know, too,” he says after Morgan suggests the accusation is a “harsh” one. “But it’s not Tatum. I was the catalyst. I’m the one that has to keep everybody happy and I wasn’t able to do it.”

See video of his CNN appearance below.

The O’Neals airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on OWN. Read THR's review here.