VIDEO: Ryan O'Neal Says The Oscars "Should Speak Up And Explain" Why They Left Farrah Out Of Tribute

Mar. 9 2010, Published 7:15 a.m. ET

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Ryan O’Neal is still in shock over the omission of his longtime love Farrah Fawcett at the Oscars, and Tuesday afternoon he said the Academy “should speak up and explain it.”

Ryan O’Neal Calls Oscar Omission Of Farrah Fawcett “Hurtful”

As first reported, Ryan was “hurt “ when he watched the 82nd Academy Awards. He was watching it on Tivo and found out that Farrah had been excluded when a friend’s phoned. “Someone called in the middle of the show, “he said. “She’s not there. She’s not mentioned.”

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Ryan was interviewed outside his gym in Brentwood, California Tuesday afternoon saying “Farrah is bigger than all of us—it’s a shock.”

EXCLUSIVE: Filmmaker Friend Blasts Academy Over Farrah Fawcett’s Oscar Tribute Snub spoke to Leslie Unger, a rep for the Academy, shortly after the awards ended. She explained that "there are many angles that are looked at as to who to include and unfortunately we don't include everyone."

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Bruce Davis, the executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said days before  the segment was the most difficult to produce since they had to whittle over a hundred names down to around thirty

“I’m surprised they put themselves in this position,” Ryan says, “It would have been so easy to just throw her in there. They say they just do 30.  I guess she didn’t make the cut.”

Ryan says Farrah had been a member of the academy since 1979 and was even a presenter one year. Although she was most famous for this 70s TV hit Charlie’s Angels, Farrah also starred in several moves including: The Apostle, Dr. T and The Women, and The Love Master.

“I have no explanation for it all unless it’s sour grapes of some kind,” Ryan said. ”Somebody at the top didn’t like her maybe.”

He ends the conversation with "I love my business but I don't get it



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