August 4, 2009

Griffin O'Neal: Dad cheated on Farrah, did drugs with Redmond

Posted: 08:33 AM ET

Griffin O'Neal, the son of Ryan O'Neal, paints a vivid picture of violence, drugs and sexual infidelity surrounding the actor.

In an emotionally explosive interview with LKL last night, Griffin O'Neal claimed that:

• His father attempted to shoot him and injured Griffin's wife and him with a fireplace poker.
• Ryan was habitually unfaithful to his partner Farrah Fawcett, who died of cancer June 25.
• Ryan partied with Griffin's half-brother, Redmond, and said his father was responsible for Redmond's drug problems.
• Ryan didn't recognize his own daughter, Tatum, at Farrah's funeral and asked her for a drink.

The following interview has been edited for clarity and brevity:

Larry King: Was [Farrah Fawcett] a good friend?

Griffin O'Neal: She was a great friend. Yes. I came from a not-so-nice kind of a world. We were a kind of a battling and kind of crazy family. And she was so nice, I didn't trust her. ... And the crazy, sad part was that she stayed nice all the way to the end. And it broke my heart when I was not allowed in to say good-bye to her.

King: Well, how old were you when Ryan and her got together?

O'Neal: Thirteen, sir.

King: Were you close with your biological mother [Joanna Moore]?

O'Neal: My mother died back in '97. And, yes, my mother was the light of my life.

King: Were she and Farrah close?

O'Neal: They had met once. They had a lot in common, just because they were two lovely Southern belles.

King: You weren't allowed to attend the funeral at the cathedral. Why not?

O'Neal: I guess I'm a bad guy.

King: Who didn't let you attend?

O'Neal: Ryan didn't want me in. I call him Ryan now. I've had to let go of him as being my dad, not that he was ever really a dad. But he said, no, no Griffin. Tatum, Patrick, even my daughter was allowed in. It's OK. I said my good-bye to Farrah the day that she died. [Tatum is Griffin's sister, and Patrick is Griffin's half-brother, the child of Ryan and Leigh Taylor-Young.]

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Filed under: Farrah Fawcett • Hollywood • Larry King Live

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Pren   August 4th, 2009 9:04 am ET

I feel bad for Griffin, it seems he has been dealt a bad hand in this game of life. I had never heard of him before today but I could feel his enormous resentment/anger towards his father. It is quite obvious that Griffin has made some bad choices in life but it is also obvious that Ryan was not there for Griffin. Ryan should have tried harder to mend his relationship with his son, be there for is also sad that Redmond seems to have the same issues like Griffin. Piece of advice to Griffin...don't wait for your father's apology, FORGIVE HIM even if he does not forgive you. It does not make you any smaller of a person and it would give you so much closure to go on and be a better parent yourself.

Michelle D. Ontario ,Canada   August 4th, 2009 9:11 am ET

Quite a dysfunctional family too sad.Please forgive each other life is too short .

Marcia A.   August 4th, 2009 9:29 am ET

I believe Griffin and really feel for him. Forgiveness is paramount for true healing, whether or not his father apologizes.

Linda from New York   August 4th, 2009 10:07 am ET

Ryan O'neal was definelty an awful father; My god–I remember the stories I use to read about him–All the partying, all the women–he had custody of his kids- While he was out partying; these kids were taking care of themselves. Poor Redmond-he was screwed from the get go. The only child of Ryan O'neal's that you don't hear anything about is Patrick O'Neal–his son with Actress Leigh Taylor-Young. Thank god she got him away from him. Don't misunderatand me, I like Ryan O'Neal as an actor; but his fathering skills lare atrocious.

not a fan   August 4th, 2009 10:31 am ET


i was shocked at your judgement of griffin o'neal , telling him he didnt love his father.
it was obvious you knew nothing of the background story and the long documented history of all the o'neal children.
does celebrity and all the cover ups that extend to you mean that much?
i guess so.

Marcia A   August 4th, 2009 10:43 am ET

I agree with "not a fan". Larry's lack of understand and judgemental attitude disappointed me. He obviously does not have an inkling of what the O'Neal children have gone through. Most people of "our" generation know it.. It is all the more appalling that a major media figure and long time interviewer "extraordinaire" could be so clueless. The saga of the O'Neal children is rather common knowledge.

Denise Robbins   August 4th, 2009 10:54 am ET

I am so sick of these brat Hollywood kids ranting on about their terrible parents. A lot of us had terrible parents but we don't go on national television espousing our woes. Point is WHO CARES.

fifi B   August 4th, 2009 11:02 am ET

Think you could have done a full hour with Griffin O'Neal last night.
His was an interesting perspective to hear on his life as Ryan O Neal's son but the interview seemed rushed and you cut him off at times. Also, feel you came across a bit biased like you felt you needed to defend Ryan.
Love your show though.

carol   August 4th, 2009 12:16 pm ET

It never ceases to amaze me why so called famous people need to discuss their lives in front of a international tv audience for our viewing pleasure. I guess any fame is better then no fame at all.

1 thing i will agree with Griffin on is the exploitation of Farrah. What Alana & Ryan did is beyond disgracful. Making the rounds of the talk shows/entertainment shows. Walking the Red Carpet. Selling the movie to NBC with a part 2 in the works. "this is what Farrah wanted" OH PLEASE!! Yes i am sure Farrah wanted her son filmed in a prison jumpsuit, shakled, saying his goodbyes to his mother.

Seeing someone going thru awful treatments just to die at the end. Exactly how is this inspirational to the viewers? This was voyerism at its worst.

I am sure Ryan & Alana were disappointed that MJ died the same day because the entertainment cameras turned away from them. I am glad Farrah got a dignified funeral thanks to Michael.

Linda   August 4th, 2009 12:17 pm ET

Hey Larry
Your show is turning into a tabloid show..I coundn't believe what
was on Monday night. What's happenned to your show?

Cindy   August 4th, 2009 12:29 pm ET

Denise, thank you for some common sense. That's exactly what Griffin is a spoiled Hollywood brat. Ryan isn't perfect but are any of us? Believe less than 1% of what Griffin said. There were so many obvious errors in his interview and even Larry King could see it. Griffin has a very long history of chronic lying and that doesn't and most of all hasn't changed. One of the clues was when he claimed that Redmond begged for help with his drug addiction. Only people that have had a family member who has had a Chrystal Meth user as part of their family could possibly understand the what the effects of that kind of abuse does to a family and the person addicted. It's a known fact that Redmond's drug of choice has been meth. Meth users are unlike most illegal drug abusers and any drug counselor will tell you that. These kinds of users are experts at lying. You can count on pretty much 99.99% of what they say is a lie and even sadder even they are convinced their lies are the truth. Meth more than any other drug destroys the brain permenantly. Griffin from what I read was also an abuser. The experts aren't sure yet but statically even if the person stops using the drug the lying and the brain damage never changes. One of the first clues that Griffin was lying through his teeth was his claim that Redmond was begging for help for his addiction. Folks with this drug that doesn't happen. Meth abusers will not admit they need help and very rarely ask for it. They just dont' care. There was clues as to Griffin's lies all the way through the interview. Even Larry King picked up on it and that's why Larry brought up the point that Griffin was a known habitual liar. Was or is Ryan perfect? Probably not but are any of us? Only a family that has dealt with drug abusers can possibly understand what hell the family goes through. These abusers especially meth abusers are experts at pushing your buttons and believe me they are good at it. After years and years of praying and trying to help your child the abuser it gets to a point where you have no choice for the sake of your sanity to let them go. It isn't an easy choice but you come to the realization that there is nothing you can do for them any longer and they aren't going to change. Their brains are damaged and they will never be the same. Meth abusers are also very violent so they are even dangerous. So please everyone before you judge Ryan you need to understand about drug abuse especially these new kinds of drugs like meth. Meth is cheap and readily available so it has become a drug of choice for many addicts. So my point is I sure as heck wouldn't believe very much of what Griffin has said and there was far too many clues that he is still lying and a hateful human being.

JohnsWife   August 4th, 2009 12:53 pm ET

I am saddened that Griffin was put thru the wringer of life, sorry about the total dysfucntion in his family. both parents were addicted, having a father who is hot headed doesn't help either. Griffin seems to have come out of this now for the best-Kudis to him and his family.
What the heck is up with Ryan? Professes his love for one woman, while dating another and chasing yet others, and then he tries to pick up his own daughter. The man is beyond nuts. Warning, ladies...If you see Ryan on the street, RUN! Run very fast in the other direction!

ginger1716   August 4th, 2009 1:03 pm ET

I agree that the interview with Griffin O'Neal seemed rushed and I didn't think Larry was very respectful to him. I wanted to hear more of what he had to say. He said he had pictures but we didn't get to see them. I wanted to hear more about how Ryan was mean to Farrah. What did he do? How could anyone be mean to her? Everyone loved Farrah and for some reason, she wouldn't marry him and didn't include him in her estate....that tells me a lot! I would have enjoyed a full hour interview and I believed Griffin too, altho he was overly dramatic. Larry seemed dismissive to me.

Cindy   August 4th, 2009 1:24 pm ET

Linda so true what you said. Larry's show has it seems turned into a tabloid show. Why did Larry even have Griffin on the show? Tell me what is the difference between what Candy Spelling did by sending an open letter to TMZ blasting her daughter and Griffin having to air his dirty laundry on air? Not much! What Candy Spelling did backfired on her because the polls showed utter disgust for what she did to her own daughter. Well Griffin isn't fairing any better by his interview blasting his father. Candy according to the feedback from the media and from the public made herself look like a bitter old woman who feels she needs the media attention to shower her daughter with her hatred. Sadly if anyone has watched Tori's show they would know the real Tori and see what a wonderful hard working young mother and wife she is unlike her own mother who was and is cold, controlling and only cares about herself. What kind of mother doesn't even tell her daughter that her father is dying of cancer and then refuses to let her see him when she finds out? Then Tori who loved her father passionately finds out from the media her father died and finally later on her mother sends her an email that her father had passed. Then she invites her daughter late through another EMAIL about her dad's funeral. Tori invites her to be part of her children's life and she sees her grandson a few times and for some unknown reason just stops and still refuses to meet her granddaughter. Tori sends a beautiful personal package containing an invitation to her daughters first birthday by personal messenger and her mother RSV's the invitation and then with no notice just doesn't show up. She complains through the media that she didn't want to be part of Tori's reality show. Well isn't her own husband's life long work on television that made them millions and millions of dollars that she is living off of quite well? Then why doesn't her own daughter have a chance at success in the same media? Second of all Candy wasn't even sure there would be cameras there to begin with and just guesses so that's her reason for not showing up. No excuse. If she really wants to know her grandchildren, cameras or not she should get to know them. It was hard enough for Tori to overcome her negative feelings towards her mother and invite her mother as she really does want her children to know their grandmother. Well apparently Candy doesn't. Then Candy sends this open letter to one of the biggest tabloid shows blasting her daughter publicly. So tell me why is Griffin any different by trying to use the media for airing his family's dirty laundry? No difference. All Candy Spelling and Griffin are is media attention seekers who want the attention and to try and use the public to be on their side in their mission of vengence and hatred. Linda is right I too am disappointed that Larry even let this bitter spoiled historically known chronic liar a venue to air his hatred. Come on Larry your show use to have more class than that and it was the only media show I respected. Now with the Michael Jackson case the show is turning into a tabloid media outlet to even further destroy MJ when the media spent all their time destroying Michael at every turn he made. No wonder he had problems. The constant negativity would get to anyone. Why can't you show the other side of Michael? The loving father, great entertainer and most of all the huge humanitarian that he was. Why can't we have balance here? Also please for heaven's sake respect the children and don't let your show become a tabloid that hurts Michael's children and make their grief any worse than they are already suffering? Stop showing on the negativity in people's lives. Please!

Nate197408   August 4th, 2009 1:39 pm ET

Everyone has problems. Just because they are not in the spotlight does not mean they are not there.
@Cindy, You have to remember the media is about controversy, because people are sick!! Positivity is not exciting enough.

Jenny1   August 4th, 2009 3:53 pm ET

Talk about being rushed ... it appears that Larry is always waiting for the next question to ask ... I know that's his job, but sometimes it appears that he is rushing through the interviews waiting for the guest to take his/her next breath. I felt that Larry was also rude to Griffin ... why did he have him on his show if he didn't believe what he was saying or if he wasn't interested. Griffin was invited to the show, at least I assume he was invited, but (only in my opinion) was not believed by the host.

JohnsWife   August 4th, 2009 4:09 pm ET

Ryan has always had a mean streak and a very hot head, he was an abuser of the worst kind, fueld by drugs sometimes, he was also jealous as Farrahs career was bigger than his and because of his nasty attitude, he didn't work too much in Hollywood, considered a Has-Been. she was Co-Dependant on Ryan, because of the child, until she had sense enough to leave.

Helen   August 4th, 2009 4:54 pm ET

Sound like Ryan O'Neill is quite a piece of work... Poor Farrah...

carol kesling   August 4th, 2009 5:42 pm ET

i thought larry was quite rude to griffin... he asked him a question and then didnt even seem to care about the answer...not sure why you had him on ????????

Vitoria   August 4th, 2009 6:43 pm ET

sorry Larry
I also agree that you did not seen to care so much for his messages but you were very interest in his comments on his father and Farrah , give him the respect for been sober over 4 years , the angry and the pain will vanish only if someone takes him serious and actually listen to him and why he was in your show , please follow up with him to see if his father got the message !
Griffin really wants to bring awareness for his brother Redmond , perhaps with the media awareness Ryan will think twice before behaving irresponsibly around him , he owe that for Farrah and their son !

maria   August 4th, 2009 7:18 pm ET

I did not believe a word Griffin had to say. It seems he was on a rant!!!
He claims Ryan gave him cocaine at age 11. Totally unbelievable!!!
He also claims Ryan hit him with a stick. I think Ryan did not hit him enough. He seems like an angry man that needs a good whipping.

I reallly do not care for Ryan. I do believe he exploited Farrah, but does his son need to go on national tv to tell us what we already know!
He tried not to talk about his own problems. I wonder what kind of father he is. I would love to hear his children speak about him. He
seems like a loser to me.

Also, I cannot believe what he wore on the intervew.

Carol Ollivier   August 4th, 2009 7:41 pm ET

I can't understand why you would indulge that angry man and allow him to vent his ugly comments on family members and mainly his father, not to mention his bringing tidbits of what went on behind closed doors. Ryan O'neal doesn't have a good track record, but Farrah Faucet was a good human being and suffered dearly for whatever mistakes she made in life.

Granted, the O'neal's home life was not condusive for a stable and loving upbringing for Grifin, Tatum and obviously not for Redmond inspite of Farrah Faucet's maternal love and nurturing.

But isn't all the trash that was spewed all over your desk last night the stuff that can be read in all the sick tabloid publications, and not brought to Network TV, even CNN?

I'm ashamed of myself for even watching any of that interview, and I'm disappointed in CNN and your decision to air such an interview . That interview was nothing more than TRASH! And that tortured, angry man needs to get some professional help.

Ellen Larson   August 4th, 2009 7:44 pm ET

everything that has been happening in the news lately just goes to show me that fame is not everything. It seems to destroy family and friends and other relationships! It's terrible!

Susan   August 4th, 2009 8:54 pm ET

Oh BIG SURPRISE! He cheated and did drugs...that's news?

Doreen   August 4th, 2009 11:22 pm ET

I feel bad for Griffin too. I had a hard time wrapping my heard around how authentic he was, but when it was all said and done I think the guy is far more real, down to earth, and in touch with reality that his stupid father was! Read between the lines, there's a reason Farrah never married this guy. He may be a good actor (some question that) but it seems to me that he learned how to turn on and off the actor switch very well.

Go Griffin! Seems like he's the only one who wants to acknowledge the pink elephant in the room. Seems like he's had a hard life and a hard time with getting his rageaholic father to make sensible choices and take responsibility without only thinking of himself. I feel for him!

DIANNA   August 5th, 2009 10:45 am ET

Doesn't anyone see how micheal jackson's children could have ended up exactly like the three oniel children did.?Addiction is addiction and it shows no mercy. Mr. Griffin Oniel is a product of a activily using addict PARENT. If Micheal Jackson was to have stayed alive there is no doubt in my mind that we would be seeing one of his children speaking out on some talk show about their horrific experence growing up with a parent who was using. Whats up Larry? addiction is alive and well even in your income bracket, it is only as of late that is isnt being "brushed under the rug" so to speak. Your "grilling" and judgement against Mr. Griffin Oniel was just as bad as the way "ryan" treated him UNTOLERABLE.. Mr. Griffin Oniel is obvisiouly in "THE PROGRAM" as am I,and showed you exactly what we are suggested to do "HAVE LOVE AND TOLERENCE TO ALL, AND TO THE NEXT RIGHT THING ALWAYS." I COMMEND MR. GRIFFIN ONIEL'S PROGRAM AND CAN ONLY PRAY AND HOPE THAT HIS FATHER,BROTHER AND SISTER FIND THEIR OWN PATH TO THE ARCH TO WHICH I LIKE HIM HAVE WALKED UNDER TO FIND FREEDOM.

Kenny 0941   August 5th, 2009 11:53 am ET

Why is anyone giving Griffin O'Neal any air time, He has not worked any acting jobs since 1992. The only time you see him is when he wants to whine about his family.
Larry please leave this kind of junk to showbiz tonight. Your above this,
Well at least you used to be!

Deborah McLean   August 5th, 2009 2:11 pm ET

Larry, what a bizarre person. My first thought was, is this guy really off drugs? If he wants to air his dirty laundry, do it in the tabloids, not on your show.

Colette Mahoney   August 5th, 2009 2:18 pm ET

Good for Griffin! Ryan is a creep, a cheat, and pervert– always has been. He treated Griffin's mother Joanna like dirt, too. He may have been a big hearthrob back when he was on Peyton Place and short time thereafter, but he's an old broken down dissapated guy for a long time now, and fat, as well. He never cared about his kids. Everything Griffin admitted people pretty much knew for a long time. If Farrah Fawcett was so great, how come she liked a -- like Ryan? He doesn't have a sincere bone in his body. Larry (King) was not very supportive of Griffin on the show– how come? He challenged him alot. If he's on Ryan's side, then he's cuckcoo. Incidently, Ryan treated Leigh Taylor-Young (another wife from a shotgun marriage) like dirt, too. Admitted to having an affair with Barbara Streisand during the making of some film (can't even remember it). Ryan's films were all flops. He should have quit the business after Peyton Place– that was his zenith.

Sara   August 5th, 2009 3:45 pm ET

Dianna – what you said about Michael was incredibly mean, uncalled for and biased.
Firstly, it is speculation that Mj was a addict – this is by no means the truth.
Secondly, Michael Jackson was a damn good parent and it shows in his children and everybody who knew them, have only the best things to say. You are actually saying that it's good that Mj is no longer here so his children won't turn out like the O'Neal kids?? NO!!
How can one be happy that those kids will grow up without the person who loved them most???. No matter what he was going through, he put them first, disciplined them, provided for them and loved them unconditionally. I'm quite positive that Griffin and Tatum never even felt loved by their father – which is far worse than any addiction.

Please do not even mention Ryan O'Neal parenting skills with Michael Jackson's – it's a insult to Mj.

dianna   August 6th, 2009 2:40 am ET

incredibly mean? uncalled for and bias? I guess only your opion is the righT one? did you know mj personally? I was speaking the facts of addiction. there is no way you are being a good parent taking medication to sleep and medication to wake up, perscriptions or not . How present are you for your children in that kind of a mind state each and everyday? We and I say WE, when we are in our addiction are selfish and selfcentered and no good to anyone around us. Mj had maids nannies cooks a full staff to pick up the slack of his lack of parenting. Thank God, most of us don't and that is why their are millions of children suffering. His own family has said that he had a problem with persciption drugs. The only thing that they left out in that statement is that the only problem that mj could admitt to in the last 10 years was that he had a problem when he could NOT get those drugs.
It is very sad that any children have to loose their parents senselessly to drugs, and now who is rasing them a women who can not even admit that her husband joe jackson beat her children. The LIES, deniel, and lack communication between this family has ending in a way that millions of parents and children deal with each day. death of a loved one. The pain that mj children are going through now will continue since they are being raised by a women could not even protect mj from their own father.
Look all the money in the world could not help either one of these families from themselves.

Sara   August 6th, 2009 7:36 am ET

Dianna – did you know Mj personally ?
It seems as if you knew what went on in his household.
Everbody and I mean everybody who knew him, said that he was a hands on/direct parent . His children had complete access to him and he was very good at what he did.
If he was supposedly out of it because of the drugs then how could he be such a good parent? Did you even hear Paris at the memorial?
He is also a international superstar and single parent, do you really expect him to be the cook and cleaner in his house?
I do not want to argue this – but seriously how can say that those children will grow up to be dysfunctional and tell of their childhood someday?
I do not know you – so I can't tell you that you are going to mess up your life and be a loser in ten years.
In that same way – you cannot say such hurtful words about those beautiful children that you do not know.

justsaying   August 6th, 2009 7:04 pm ET

tsk tsk tsk

what ever happened to "if you cant say anything nice dont say anything at all" airing your family personal business is really sick. Griffin needs to let go and move on life is short – make the best of your current relationships and let the past be the past.

Larry the show was uncomfortable to watch please dont have any more guest like this – what a waste of a show

Diana   August 24th, 2009 7:38 pm ET

Even if Ryan did all the things his son said he has.... and it IS possible.... If he is working a 12 step program he should try to work
things out with his Dad.

Maybe he should just grieve the loss of Farrah
and get on with his life!

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