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Ryan O'Neal hoped Oprah would 'use her magic'

Their new reality series, "Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals" premieres on OWN Sunday night, and the goal of the show is for the father and daughter to work through their estranged relationship, and get past misunderstandies and animosities. From the sounds of it, those are fairly lofty goals, and Ryan O'Neal laments the fact that Winfrey left him and Tatum to deal with their issues on their own.“I th
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Their new reality series, "Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals" premieres on OWN Sunday night, and the goal of the show is for the father and daughter to work through their estranged relationship, and get past misunderstandies and animosities. From the sounds of it, those are fairly lofty goals, and Ryan O'Neal laments the fact that Winfrey left him and Tatum to deal with their issues on their own.

“I thought that was the thing – that Oprah would be there and use her magic on us,” he told xfinitytv.com. “I thought she’d bless us and that would help. We spent New Year’s Eve with her, and she was very encouraging. Then we never saw her again. And haven’t heard from her. When she finished her show, I supposed she’d come by and talk to us, but they said no, she’s going on holiday. So Tatum and I were left to deal with each other on our own.”

As for how things turned out, Ryan says of his relationship with Tatum, “We’re OK, but I don’t know."