Farrah Fawcett's photo was notably absent from the Academy Awards tribute on Sunday night and fans of Fawcett, including her longtime lover Ryan O'Neal were left furious and wanted answers.
Agents, publicists and actors were featured in the memorial, but Farrah, who is a TV legend, was left out of the photomontage.
The executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is now apologizing to the friends, family and fans of Farrah Fawcett, saying, "There's nothing you can say to people, particularly to family members, within a day or two of the show that helps at all. They tend to be surprised and hurt, and we understand that and we're sorry for it."
So why was she left out of the tribute? He said he felt her tribute would be more "fitting" for the Emmy Awards.
Ryan O'Neal's daughter, Oscar-winner Tatum O'Neal, also issued a statement Tuesday. It said: "On behalf of myself, my father Ryan O’Neal and my entire family, we are deeply saddened that a truly beautiful and talented actress Farrah Fawcett was not included in the memorial montage during the 82nd Academy Awards. We are bereft with this exclusion of such an international icon who inspired so many for so many reasons. Beautiful, talented Farrah will never be forgotten by her family and amazing fans."
No matter how you put it, Farrah was a legend and she deserved to be included in that photomontage. Plain and simple.