On Sunday night during the "In Memoriam" segment of the Oscars telecast, many viewers were shocked that Farrah Fawcett was excluded
from the segment, which included Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze, Brittany Murphy, Ron Silver and others.
caught up with O'Neal on Monday (March 8) and spoke briefly with him.
"I'm as confused as everyone about it, you see?," O'Neal said. "They have to explain it, I can't. Poor Farrah, is all I can say."
Asked if he was planning to send a note to the Academy, O'Neal said, "We're writing one, [daughter] Tatum and I, we're writing a letter."
When asked if he could explain why Fawcett was excluded from the tribute, O'Neal replied sarcastically, "She wasn't well known enough?"
"[Tatum] was shocked too," he continued. "Somebody called us first, we were watching the show [on DVR], so we were delayed. The phone rings and my friend says, 'They left Farrah out of the tribute.' Anyway, maybe next year they'll slip her in. It's a funny business."
While Fawcett is best remembered for her TV work, she appeared in several movies, including "Man of the House," "The Cannonball Run," "Extremities" and "The Apostle."
Speaking to The Associated Press, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences spokeswoman Leslie Unger said omissions are inevitable when the segment can only honor so many people. "Every year, it's an unfortunate reality that we can't include everybody," she said.