Below is a partial transcript from "Good Morning America" on April 25. The segment below is a follow-up to the April 21 "Primetime" show about stepfamilies in crisis.
Diane Sawyer: Now, stepfamilies in crisis. You'll remember last Friday we brought you a report of our investigation, an investigation we began because there are millions of stepfamilies in this country and we kept hearing that few people are helping them understand -- in fact, us understand, I'm one too -- how difficult it can sometimes be to try to blend a family and how much anger there can be even with love. So we at "Primetime" set out to do what we could. And as we said, families sent us tapes of crises in their homes hoping for help and even after we took the cameras out, for the next three years we stayed in touch.
You'll remember particularly though one of those families. Then 15-year-old Kyle, her dad Joe, her stepmother Lynn, and the tape showed different moods inside the home, including good times. But it was the scene in which Kyle's dad, in his words, lashed out at her that so many people reacted to. Well, Kyle joins us today. I talked to her and her family just this morning. She asked us not to play the tapes again, just to talk. We agreed. Kyle, joined by her mother, her grandmother, who was also in our piece, and three of the leading experts in the field who were trying to help our families and us understand what was happening.
Diane Sawyer: I know that you wanted to talk. I know you wanted to say something. As you know, there have been a lot of people reacting, particularly to one scene. Tell me what you want to say about that and about your dad.
Kyle: Well, that scene was something that had never happened before and has not happened since and I don't think would ever happen again. My dad was just torn up about it the day it happened, and I just feel really bad that people are getting so, like, just angry. And I'm not going to condone what he did, but at the same time, I've forgiven him.
Diane Sawyer: And I know that you wanted everybody out there to see him as you see him as a dad.
Diane Sawyer: Which is someone who loves you?
Kyle: Yes, he does love me, there's no doubt about that. I mean, he's definitely proven that a lot of times.
Diane Sawyer: I know this is hard for everyone to come in the family. If I can go to you, Miss Gramard. You, as we said, Kyle came to live with you?
Diane Sawyer: And you saw this situation from the outside and talking to Kyle. Let me get your perspective.
Grandmother: I have some mixed feelings. I'm just glad she's with us and I'm sorry that all this did happen.
Diane Sawyer: And Katherine, one of the things you wanted to say here and I wanted to make sure we get this in, that you wanted to say how you feel about Joe's caring for Kyle?
Kyle's mom: I mean, this man adores her. I'm angry at him right now, I really am. I am very angry at all of it, because I didn't realize until this all came out how bad it really was there. But I know he loves her.