Actor Ryan O’Neal was the subject on the fingertips of baffled Irish Twitter users last night after making an inappropriate sexual joke about his daughter Tatum.
Appearing on The Late Late Show, O’Neal spoke to Ryan Tubridy about his late partner Farrah Fawcett and her cancer battle before making an uncomfortable reference to his daughter.
“[Farrah] was so brave and full of courage and never complained. She never let us feel what she was feeling.
“I haven’t been with anyone since. How do you follow that girl?
“Well I could be with Tatum, I guess, but it’s a bit late in the game,” he laughed to a clapping audience.
Ryan Tubridy then said that circumstance would be a bit “weird.”
Ryan O’Neal was in a long term relationship with Farrah Fawcett from 1979 until her death in 2009 from anal cancer. The pair produced a son together, Redmond James Fawcett O’Neal but the actor has always had a difficult relationship with Tatum.
The pair recently featured in a program on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network in which they attempted to repair their relationship.
Tubridy’s next guest actor Russell Crowe also commented on the bizarre comments made by the Hollywood actor.
“For me as a member of the audience I’m a little uncomfortable, but mainly I’m concerned for your mental health and well-being,” he told Tubridy.
“Let’s not discuss it any further but how f***ed up was that?”
Irish viewers were baffled by the bizarre comments too and took to Twitter to discuss O’Neal’s strange suggestion.
“That interview with Ryan O’Neal was cringe and awkward on levels I never want to experience again,” tweeted George Hutton.
“Any father of a daughter can be disturbed by Ryan O’Neal on The Late Late Show but the real worry is the response of the audience,” a user named Trailsleuth tweeted.
“How horrendous were the sexual comments by Ryan O’Neal re his daughter Tatum? Toxic, creepy and deranged maybe,” tweeted Katie O’Connell.
FARRAH Fawcett, the actress and model, who died yesterday aged 62, achieved celebrity in 1976 in 'Charlie's Angels', a soft-focus television series in which three highly attractive women were special agents guided by the eponymous Charlie, an unseen private detective.
For Farrah Fawcett, the iconic 1970s pin-up, it was the performance of a lifetime. Hunched over in her hospital bed, her body weakened from round after round of chemotherapy, Fawcett reached over and retched violently into a bedpan. The camera turned away to allow her some privacy, but the actress was incensed.