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Ryan O’Neal, longtime on-again, off-again companion of Farrah Fawcett, has released a new memoir Tuesday, May 1 titled “Both of Us: My Life With Farrah.” He appeared on “Today” Tuesday to talk about the book and also his relationship with both Farrah and his three grown children, Tatum, Griffin (from a previous relationship) and Redmond (his son with Farrah).

When asked by Matt Lauer if he was a bad parent, O’Neal candidly says, “Looks like it, doesn’t it? Sure looks like it. I suppose I was.”

Lauer also recounts a story from the memoir where O’Neal writes of a time he and Farrah were fighting and then six-year-old Redmond came into the room threatening to cut himself with a knife if they didn’t stop.

“He couldn’t stand it. It stopped us, I must say. We put a stop to that. And we moved the knives up higher, harder to reach,” says O’Neal.

As for the memoir itself, O’Neal says, “I still felt she was nearby when I wrote this. She was close … She loved me. I couldn’t write a book if she hadn’t.”

We have posted excerpts from the book here. “Both of Us” is on bookshelves and available for download now.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."