Wil Wheaton shares touching moment with Jerry O’Connell after abuse apology

Ancient support me co-stars Wil Wheaton and Jerry O’Connell shared a touching moment during Thursday’s episode of The speech. Appearing on the CBS talk show, which O’Connell co-hosts, the longtime friends discussed Wheaton’s confession last year that he suffered “emotional abuse” as a child, with O’Connell taking a moment to apologize for “not being there anymore”. for Wheaton in the midst of his abused childhood.

At the touching moment, O’Connell acknowledged: “I’ve heard before you about some of the struggles you’ve been through during support meWhile the actor noted he was 11 when they shot the popular film, he told Wheaton he wanted to “apologize for not being there for you more when you were younger. “, adding, “but I want to say, overall, you never know what someone is going through when you’re with them. I don’t feel guilty, but I just want to say I’m sorry I wasn’t there for you more.”

The touching moment on air came after Wheaton, in an interview with Yahoo Entertainment in May opened up about the abuse he suffered from his parents as a child. Wheaton told the outlet that he suffered “a combination of incredible emotional abuse from my father and a lot of manipulation, using me, from my mother.” Wheaton, who also revealed his parents ‘forced’ him to act, said the abuse ‘put me right in the spot to play Gordie’, his character on support me, “because Gordie’s experience mirrors mine very well. We are both invisible in our home. We both have a brother who is the darling child. We are both the scapegoat of the family. ” He added that when watching the popular movie now, “I can’t ignore the incredible sadness in my eyes.”

After the confession, O’Connell addressed the revelation on an episode of The speech just a week later, telling his co-hosts that he “had no idea he felt that way when we were making this movie”. O’Connell shared, “I love Wil. He’s a really good friend of mine.”

After his apology on Thursday, Wheaton told O’Connell he “deeply” appreciated the kind words, adding, “You were 11. How could you have known that?” Speaking directly to the audience, he continued: “Besides, any viewers who have survived trauma know this: we’re really, really, really good at covering up what we’re going through.”

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