Love Story star Ryan O'Neal has stunned his Irish fans with a Dublin TV interview which turned into a horror story as he let loose with a series of vitriolic attacks on his Oscar-winning daughter Tatum, whom he described as a devil.
Social media went into meltdown after the 73-year-old American actor also launched into sexual innuendo against his estranged child on RTE's Late Late Show, which also shocked Australian movie legend Russell Crowe, who said O'Neal's interview had been "f*****d up".
Late Late Show host Ryan Turbridy was clearly perplexed at what RTE insiders said had been the "totally unexpected" rant.
The interview started with O'Neal criticising director Stanley Kubrick for leaving Ireland four decades ago after receiving an IRA death threat. "I never felt threatened and I don't think he should have but he was a nervous guy," he said.
O'Neal went on to talk tenderly about his long-term partner, the Charlie's Angels star Farrah Fawcett, and how he had never loved her more than during her "brave" fight against cancer which she lost seven years ago.
But the chat exploded into controversy as O'Neal spoke about his daughter Tatum. O'Neal claimed Tatum had tried to derail the relationship with Farrah Fawcett and he said he warned her not to make him choose between his daughter and his lover.
But she did and he chose Farah, he said, adding that he had "pretty much" lost Tatum afterwards.
O'Neal then shocked the audience by making a crass remark about his daughter's honeymoon with her first husband, John McEnroe, which prompted Turbridy to say "Oh now". O'Neal said "Okay, I apologise" and Turbridy replied that the show was live and the apology was too late.
O'Neal said he hadn't been with anyone since Farah's death. "How do you follow that girl? Well, I could be with Tatum, I guess, but it's a bit late in the game," he said.
An embarrassed Turbridy replied "That would just be weird" and asked O'Neal if he had reconciled with his daughter whom he once said he tried to chat up at Farrah Fawcett's funeral because he hadn't recognised her.
"I'm mad at her," he replied "She just irritates me. I don't hate her… but life is a lot easier that when Tatum isn't around. She's a devil." Russell Crowe was next in the guest's chair and said "For me as a member of the audience I'm a little uncomfortable"
He then joked that he was concerned for Ryan Turbridy's well-being, adding "Let's not discuss it any further but how f*****d up was that?"
Charles Patrick Ryan O'Neal (73) found success in Love Story (1970), What's Up, Doc? (1972), Paper Moon (1973) and Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon (1975) O'Neal was in a relationship with Farrah Fawcett until her death in 2009. He was previously married to Joanna Moore and Leigh Taylor-Young. He has four children. In 2001 he was diagnosed with leukemia and in 2012, he revealed he had prostate cancer.