Ryan confessed on short-lived 2011 Oprah Winfrey Network series Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals, to accidentally flirting with his daughter at the sad occasion, after he did not realise who she was.
He explained: “I had just put the casket in the hearse and was watching it drive away when a beautiful blond woman comes up and embraces me.
“I said to her, ‘You have a drink on you? You have a car?’
“She said, ‘Daddy, it’s me – Tatum!’”