If his intent was to create controversy, he has more than succeeded, as evidenced by his appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight on Monday.
Talking to host Piers Morgan, O’Neal said he thinks his own issues combined with those of his family may have contributed to Farrah Fawcett‘s bout with 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,” he tells Morgan. “And I just think if she had never met us, would she still be alive today? Because nobody knows what causes cancer, do they?” … 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 — she got weaker. I don’t know.”
Morgan says that’s an awfully “harsh” thing to lay on his daughter, as well as himself.
“Sorry, Tatum — but you probably know too,” replied O’Neal.
“But it’s not Tatum,” O’Neal added after a brief pause. “I was the catalyst. I was the one that had to keep everybody happy, and I wasn’t able to do it.”
You can check out O’Neal’s WTF moment below.