Watching Ryan O’Neal on this morning’s Today Show was a difficult task. The longtime companion of cancer-stricken Farrah Fawcett bravely shared the intimate details of Fawcett’s highs and lows during her three-year search for a cure. But to be honest, I felt like an interloper. O’Neal was so open, so personal, and so resigned. When he talked about his incarcerated son, Redmond, and shared Farrah’s joke to him that he cease his own leukemia medication, I felt an immediate bond with this man that I didn’t feel I had earned.
It was Great Television, I suppose. But it left me shaken all the same. How are we supposed to react? What right do I have to know about this family’s painful private moments? The question is moot, of course, since Farrah’s two-hour documentary is scheduled to air Friday on NBC. I’ll continue to send all my hope and prayers to Farrah and her family, but I’m not sure how I feel about watching Friday night. What about you, PopWatchers? What did you learn from O’Neal’s appearance on Today?