Tatum and Ryan O'Neal to reunite on reality show: Are you grossed out yet?

tatum-ryan-onealImage Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosIn Hollywood, the quest for fame and fortune — or maybe just a quick buck — can propel people do crazy things. I know that statement doesn’t really require a “spoiler alert,” and yet I’m still sitting here shaking my head over the news that Tatum O’Neal and her father Ryan O’Neal — who have been famously estranged for 25 years — are hoping to air their reunion as a reality television series called Lost and Found, according to a report in Variety. In a word: gross.

The relationship between Ryan and Tatum is one of Hollywood’s legendary father-daughter messes, with allegations of emotional and physical abuse, and was most recently punctuated by the whole disgustingness about how Ryan may or may not have made a pass at his daughter at the funeral of his longtime companion Farrah Fawcett last year. The thought of all that being re-aired publicly, again, and wrapped up in reality entertainment packaging seems, well, unsettling. There are scant few details now, but the show is set to be a “docu-soap” that will chronicle the duo’s new life together after Tatum moves into Ryan’s Malibu home: They’ll go on auditions, sit through much-needed therapy, and explore their dating lives. Although the show has no network home yet, you can bet there’s some ratings-obsessed programmer out there who’ll snap it up in a second. Call me crazy, but shouldn’t this type of reconciliation should happen behind closed doors? Out of the eye of the public? Without making some cash off of it? Otherwise, how is it even genuine?

Anyway, while I’m in full judgmental soap-box mode, I’ve got to ask who’s grossest — I’m loving that word today — in this situation: Tatum and Ryan for cooking up the idea, the network exec who’ll undoubtedly greenlight the show, or the millions of viewers who’ll devour it once it debuts? (Or you can vote for me, for writing about it!) What do you think, PopWatchers? Who’s grossest? And: Will you tune in? (Don’t lie!)

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  • hannah

    As long as Tatum stays clean and working I support her. I love her.

    • TQB

      Agree. These folks are messed up, but there’s real talent in that family and if this helps them pull the pieces together, so be it.

    • Mozenator

      Amen! Team Tatum!!

    • Boo

      I agree, I like both of them, despite their personal turmoils made public. Media always goes for the throat of celebs to sell mags or newspapers, you cannot believe everything you read. Best of luck to both of them.

  • Ceballos

    Grossest: Definitely anyone who tunes in to watch this. TV execs justifiably get a lot of flack, but they wouldn’t put something like this on the air if they didn’t think people would watch.

    Also, where’s the EWWWWWW.com tag?

  • Peppy

    I am sure this show will end up on VH1.

  • Emily

    I actually see it on A&E. If they were untalented, C-list actors, I would vote VH1 too but they have too much talent (deserved or not) between them.

    • Marianna

      since when is talent something you “deserve”?

  • John’s Son

    Do not want to see this, or even know it exists.
    Have really enjoyed Ryan’s guest spots on “Bones.” I felt like they were something of a comeback for him, and I do not want [any more] thoughts of his personal life messing up my enjoyment of that show when he appears.

    • ann

      Well said!

    • Gata

      As soon as I saw this I thought “huumm, is Ryan the character that is going to get kilt (killed) off of Bones at the end of this season”…I like him as Brennan’s father.

      That’s just a thought, especially since he is talking about doing a reality show.

  • Palin

    they’re both consenting adults, so if they want to make love then its okay. as long as they take precautions or abort any unwanted pregnancy to guard against birth defects it will be fine.

    • Mary

      LOL…You know, that’s actually reality show that a LOT of people would tune into see.

      By all his other kids accounts, Ryan is pretty much a pig (as evidenced by the multiple police calls for violence and drug abuse) He’s really not a guy I would want to reward with a TV show

  • PhillyGirl

    Where did that picture come from if they’ve been estranged for 25 years?

    • K

      Good point! In the reality show world though, there is no true reality, just the script they make up.
      It’s really a sad statement on how they squandered their talent.

  • john

    ugh! Do we really need ANOTHER reality show?

  • Tracie

    Ick ick ick! I read her autobiography and if everything in it was true, he is the worst excuse for a father ever – so much worse than just the various headlines would indicate. I feel bad for all of his children. I guess I’m not shocked Tatum would agree to this as it sounded like she’s wanted to heal the relationship all along, but it’s definitely gross that it may happen on TV, and I would have to root against her having anything more to do with him…

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  • HotSummer10

    When I read the tagline I threw up a little. After I read the story I am ready to give up TV for life. In all honesty, I do wish the best for Tatum. Ryan O’ Neal as far as I am concerned is just a horrible human being. I pray that Redmond stays far away from this situation.

    • Me

      The O’Neals have actually been working on a reconciliation for some time, as we can see in the “according to a report in Variety” link. What I do I find gross is the tone of this article. They are family– if they can work out their problems, no matter how they do it, no matter what their history, then good for them.

  • silk

    All reality shows are gross so why would this one be any different?

  • lisa

    Ryan has no shame as most with a brain realized before farrah died. Tatum I believed had some good qualities, now I feel the apple does’nt fall far from the tree and she has sunk as low as her slime of a father.

  • lisa

    Im sure those two will use Farrah’s memory to generate ratings and publicity, without Farrah Ryan would be nothing!

    • hannah

      Ummm, I’m pretty sure he was someone before he met Farrah … like in 2 of the biggest hits of the 70s and an Oscar nominated actor.

      • heather

        IN THE SEVENTIES…is the key phrase.

  • jason

    oh my god can we please stop the chain of second tier celebrity reality shows! they are past scraping the bottom of the barrel. there is noting remotely redeeming or even entertaining about them. what these shows say about american culture is truly sad.

  • Samantha

    Palin, you are a twisted sistah

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