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Oprah hoax is no Angel at the Gate

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Angel fools Oprah

Oprah, we adore you, but even the great Oprah Winfrey can make a mistake once. In this case, Oprah has done it twice with an "Angel at the Fence."

Remember James Frey's A Million Little Pieces which became a little best seller and then oops – turns out it was false? In 2005 the little incident gained national attention when inaccuracies were pointed out in his so-called true tell-all tale.

Well, Oprah has been duped again with Angel at the Fence. When you think about it, it's a pretty impressive track record to have only two inaccuracies in what, decades on the air? We were a bit dismayed to hear the greatest love story ever is well, not true after all.

Herman Rosenblat and his wife Roma

Here's the 411 on Angel at the Fence: A Holocaust survivor, Herman Rosenblat, met his future wife, Roma, when he was a prisoner in a concentration camp. For seven months she brought him apples and bread through a fence and they reunited years later on a blind date in effervescent Manhattan.

Turns out, the story was fabricated as Herman recently admitted it.

"I wanted to bring happiness to people. I brought hope to a lot of people. My motivation was to make good in this world," Rosenblat says.

You can imagine what happened next. His publisher, Berkley Books, pulled the plug on his upcoming book, Angel at the Gate. According to the Associated Press, the show will go on: a film version of their tale will go into production in March and the film adaptation will continue as originally planned.

What is the silver lining on this whole Angel at the Fence fiasco?

Although their story was fabricated, Herman and Roma have indeed been married for fifty years. They did meet on a blind date in New York City. That, my friends, is a testimony to matrimony.

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