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Ryan O'Neal

"Dancing with the Stars"

Was Just Too Grace-Full

9/12/2011 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Ryan O'Neal said he backed out of "Dancing with the Stars" because of a bad knee, but multiple sources connected with the show tell TMZ ... he REALLY backed out because he can't stand Nancy Grace.

Sources tell TMZ O'Neal feels Grace has been "disrespectful" to his family ... claiming she has gone after Redmond, who has had ongoing drug problems, and even suggested the reason Redmond is messed up is because Ryan is a bad parent.

We're told Ryan really wanted to do the show, but could not co-exist with Grace.

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Gretchen    

Ryan O'Neal, a drug addict crap abusive father cannot stand Grace?? He should talk. LOSER.

1100 days ago
62.

Texas-Writer    

Nancy Grace is the worst type of media hog who should be ignored ... why else would a former prosecutor be on a show like this? Next up she'll do a cheesy reality show ... then on to celebrity boxing with Tonya Harding ... and a long series of rehabs brought on by the pressures of her imagined "fame"!

1100 days ago
63.

Stanley    

Seriously? THis man is the lowest form of life. The truth hurts doesn't it Ryan. Nancy is an advocate for children. Look what you have done to yours. Ryan is a disgusting human. His children all have problems and the problems are all caused by him! He is a disgusting, fat, old loser! Acting like he is offended by Nancy Grace? Please! This is the most offensive man on earth!

1100 days ago
64.

lisa    

Wow you guys are so mean. Of course it's always the men who can't stand a woman with a strong opinion! What a pansy Ryan is - he won't go on a show b/c he can't stand Nancy Grace?? That's hilarious.

1100 days ago
65.

Jan    

Ryan needs a little pocket change so he SELLS$$$ a story about Nancy Grace because he is TOO LAZY to get off his butt and try and out dance her. LOL

1100 days ago
66.

Cujeaux    

Please, this guy can't even face a family gathering without getting all liquered up. There's no way he can perform in front of a live audience. He was just afraid Nancy Grace would beat him.

1100 days ago
67.

Deana    

You think thats crazy...this Dr said to parents NOt to let them watch DWTS becuase of Chaz Bono:
http://mommysdirtylittlesecret.com/2011/09/06/why-psychiatrist-says-not-to-let-children-watch-chaz-bono-on-dancing-with-the-stars/

1100 days ago
68.

Jillian    

Hey Ryan,
You always run away from the truth. Nancy Grace is right about you. You ARE a bad parent you selfish prick.

1100 days ago
69.

tacky66    

neither one should be on the show, wouldn't last the first night; even though he has done a lot wrong, he is right staying away, she is a big mouth who could ruin anybody, could she even dance?

1100 days ago
70.

Physical Graffiti    

Really Ryan? You are a terrible parent...all your kids said so and the whole world can see it. You should be grateful that anyone is offering you money for anything!

1100 days ago
71.

Pound Sand    

I am so sick of this show already and it has not even started. I detest all of them.

1100 days ago
72.

jeannie    

Not that I'm crazy over Nancy but I would pick her over O'Neal any day of the week.

1100 days ago
73.

CelebJustice    

I agree with him. Cant stand her either and am NOT planning on watching this season. Perhaps they shouldnt have scrapped the bottom of the barrel again. Kate Gosslin was bad enough

1100 days ago
74.

Jeanne Tutt    

good for him! finally a public personality has the balls to come out and say that enough is enough with her! Good for Ryan standing up for his family!

1100 days ago
75.

susie    

Yeah right, tell the truth Ryan. He backed out because he is intimidated by strong, smart, independent women. All whiney, wimpy a** men are!

1100 days ago
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