A Million
Little Lies?

It was five years ago that James Frey was shamed on air by Oprah Winfrey for exaggerating parts of his bestselling book, A Million Little Pieces. Frey will be returning to face the music this month on the last season of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Many people, including Oprah Winfrey herself, were touched by James Frey's story of substance abuse in his memoir A Million Little Pieces. In fact, Oprah loved it so much she picked it for her book club in 2005 which turned it instantly into a bestseller.

James Frey on Oprah

Frey went on the show in 2006 to admit that portions of his book were not completely true, including his three-month jail term and having dental surgery without novocaine.

"In order to get through the experience of the addiction, I thought of myself as being tougher than I was and badder than I was, and it helped me cope," Frey told Oprah Winfrey during the show. "And when I was writing the book, instead of being as introspective as I should have been, I clung to that image."

"I feel duped," Oprah said, as audience members booed Frey. "But more importantly, I feel that you betrayed millions of readers."

Oprah later called Frey to apologize for her demeanor, however, his reputation has never recovered from the incident.

Now, on Oprah's last season of her talk show, she will have Frey back in a two-episode interview airing May 16 and May 17 to discuss what Oprah calls "the biggest controversy in Oprah show history."

Also check out: Who will be the last guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show? >>>

Tags: james frey

Recommended for you


Comments on "Author James Frey bravely returns to Oprah after lying scandal"

Fred Winston May 14, 2011 | 10:56 AM

Anyway you look at the entire matter, the fact remains that Frey wrote one of the best books of two decades and that was never reiterated along with Oprah's dissapointment. I wrote Oprah to tell her she handled the entire situation deplorably, and it was completely wrong of her to have made an issue of the distortion of facts which were few and mostly minor. The entire thing turned me off of Oprah and made me think her viewers were just as dumb and tacky and narrominded and the rest of America. EVERY writer who has written auto biographical or biographical novels has reconstructted scenes to make the book better. He succeeded. I found the way she treated him was basically deplorable.

Cheyenne Grimes May 12, 2011 | 1:47 PM

I know the subject matter here is "supposed" to be about James Frey - but has anyone else noticed how much Oprah looks like Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore) in this photo. I remember from the surprise visit by Mary Tyler Moore that her character, Mary Richards was one of Oprah's inspirations as a young girl. Love you, Oprah....

+ Add Comment

(required - not published)