On Monday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Oliver revealed that it was an appearance he made on the Bravo late night show that lead to him and his estranged dad working to repair their broken bond.
“It’s [because] of this show,” the Splitting Up Together star, 41, said. “We talked about it. It made him text me and then we reconnected and then we had breakfast. And then six months later, we had lunch about two weeks ago.”
“Things are actually, they’re good,” he added. “It’s great. It’s really great.”
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Back in March, Oliver opened up about his relationship with Bill on Larry King Now, explaining that a controversial Instagram post he made in 2015 first caused his father to reach out.
“There was an incident that happened via my Instagram,” he explained. “I had posted something that was darkly comedic and it blew up into something, and actually it helped us with our relationship. So now we’re kind of keeping in touch.”la
“I have a very weird sense of humor I guess,” he previously told PEOPLE of the incident. “My Instagram account is strange. It’s a great place for me to express my insanity.”
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When Oliver and Bill first spoke to one another after the actor posted the image their relationship was “contentious,” he told Larry King.
“He did an interview and talked s—,” Oliver said of his dad. “He felt hurt by it. I called him and we got on the phone and talked. It was really productive. Then we saw each other, had breakfast and it was the first time I had seen him in 12 years and it was really amazing to see him. We talked it out and we had a really great three-hour conversation.”
Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen airs Sunday-Thursdays (11 p.m. ET) on Bravo.