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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Leaving Farrah Fawcett Out Of Oscars "Inexcusable And Outrageous," Says Her Pal Alana Stewart

Mar. 9 2010, Published 9:39 a.m. ET

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The controversy over leaving Farrah Fawcett out of the Academy Awards “In Memoriam” section is continuing to grow. spoke exclusively to Farrah’s close friend Alana Hamilton Stewart who was still steaming about the omission nearly a day later.

"I was shocked, appalled and I am angry." Stewart, who is the chairperson of  The Farrah Fawcett Foundation, told

The 82nd Academy Awards took time to honor some show business mainstays who passed away in the previous year, including Patrick Swayze, Michael Jackson and Brittany Murphy.

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Leslie Unger, a representative for the Academy, told that "unfortunately we don't include everyone" and insisted the decision to omit Farrah was not an oversight.

"This is the lamest excuse I have ever heard," Stewart retorted. "I find it inexcusable and absolutely outrageous. Farrah was an American icon, a fabulous and respected actress... who did many acclaimed movies.

"I don't want to disparage anyone else whom the Academy did choose to honor, but there were people in the segment who I had never heard of

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their names."

Ryan O’Neal also lashed out at the Academy when interviewed by on Monday, calling Farrah’s omission “hurtful” and “terrible.” He said he planned to write a letter of protest.

Despite all of the ongoing controversy surrounding Farrah and the Academy Awards’ decision, , Stewart is sure about one thing: "The true spirit of

Farrah Fawcett will live on, no matter what."



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