Image Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosIn Hollywood, the quest for fame and fortune — or maybe just a quick buck — can propel people do crazy things. I know that statement doesn’t really require a “spoiler alert,” and yet I’m still sitting here shaking my head over the news that Tatum O’Neal and her father Ryan O’Neal — who have been famously estranged for 25 years — are hoping to air their reunion as a reality television series called Lost and Found, according to a report in Variety. In a word: gross.
The relationship between Ryan and Tatum is one of Hollywood’s legendary father-daughter messes, with allegations of emotional and physical abuse, and was most recently punctuated by the whole disgustingness about how Ryan may or may not have made a pass at his daughter at the funeral of his longtime companion Farrah Fawcett last year. The thought of all that being re-aired publicly, again, and wrapped up in reality entertainment packaging seems, well, unsettling. There are scant few details now, but the show is set to be a “docu-soap” that will chronicle the duo’s new life together after Tatum moves into Ryan’s Malibu home: They’ll go on auditions, sit through much-needed therapy, and explore their dating lives. Although the show has no network home yet, you can bet there’s some ratings-obsessed programmer out there who’ll snap it up in a second. Call me crazy, but shouldn’t this type of reconciliation should happen behind closed doors? Out of the eye of the public? Without making some cash off of it? Otherwise, how is it even genuine?
Anyway, while I’m in full judgmental soap-box mode, I’ve got to ask who’s grossest — I’m loving that word today — in this situation: Tatum and Ryan for cooking up the idea, the network exec who’ll undoubtedly greenlight the show, or the millions of viewers who’ll devour it once it debuts? (Or you can vote for me, for writing about it!) What do you think, PopWatchers? Who’s grossest? And: Will you tune in? (Don’t lie!)