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Oprah's fans are really pissed off

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 27th 2006 7:07PM
While we've received dozens of comments about yesterday's Oprah-James Frey show, Oprah has received tens of thousands of comments. The message board on her website lists more than 12,000 comments for the Frey show. In comparison, other shows only garnered several hundred comments. The commenters go from bashing Oprah, to supporting Frey, to discussing the definition of a memoir. A lot of people on Oprah's site and on our site think that she was too harsh on Frey, that it doesn't matter if he lied because it's still a good book, and mostly that she crucified him on national television for personal gain.

Does anybody out there support what Oprah did? I mean, other than me and Joel and Maureen Dowd.

[Thanks for the tip, Debbie!]

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Steven Waggoner

Oprah is the greatest !!!! best thing since they landed on the moon. : this fan is not pissed off, how could anybody get mad at Oprah , for what ? steve waggoner

April 10 2006 at 5:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hey, I support the decision. I might even watch her show again...if it's on already...and I'm not doing anything else.

January 30 2006 at 1:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason Simmons

Oprah did the right thing. People need to realize that you need to be accountable for actions. Especially, when you write a memoir that is alleged to be entirely based on the truth.

Kudos goes to Oprah for confronting Mr. Frey and conversely, kudos goes to Mr. Frey for cleansing his conscience and admitting that what he did was wrong.

January 30 2006 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why do people seem so willing to forgive a person who is so obviously not repentant? When he, his agent and the publishers donate all the proceeds from this book to charity, then, maybe, they deserve forgiveness.

But while they laugh at the world and live off the proceeds, they can burn in hell.

Bonus points: I love it when such people are shocked, SHOCKED to discover that the children they reared have picked up the same moral compass they used to get to fame and fortune.

January 30 2006 at 11:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
el publico

celluloid and vinyl had a funny take on the news...they made some "mock memoirs"...pretty funny


January 28 2006 at 4:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's always right to shout "bullshit!" when you see it. I think far too many Americans (and Canadians) are willing to believe any shit jsut so they don't have to think too hard or do anything too strenuous.

It was very refreshing to see a prominant TV "journalist" actually get tough on someone. Too often we watch serious ournalists ask fluff questions or try to minimize the situation when interview subjects are telling obvious lies, I'm very happy to see someone considered an entertainment personality finally strip away the diplomacy and just tell it like it is.

Lying is lying. Frey should have called it fiction if he wanted to create things out of his imagination instead of writing to the truth.

January 28 2006 at 9:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark Allen

Did Oprah do the right thing? Yes.

Did she do it for the right reason? No.

She was covering her own ass at the expense of a talentless boob whose celebrity she created.

Oprah, who constantly interrupts guests and makes *herself* the subject of every interview, is a shameless shill completely lacking in self-awareness. She remains a blight on the television landscape.

January 28 2006 at 9:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was angered by Oprah's comments on Larry King. An alcoholic/addict who fabricates the truth? And that's redemptive?

Yesterday, I thought she totally redeemed herself. It was great, honest television.

January 28 2006 at 12:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It was not good for Frey to lie about the events in his book,and I don't think that his lies and fiction hurts Oprah's reputation.
Get real he is probabuly not the first person to lie about something he wrote.
Those of you who read the book and are disapointed get over it.
Concider it a good fiction read.

January 27 2006 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Oprah did the right thing. It's one thing for her to promote the book. I mean let's be realistic folks, it's not Oprah's responsibility to check the facts of someones book that she recommends anymore than it is the New York Times for putting it on the best seller list, but she made the mistake of not checking them after The Smoking Gun exposed him.

She apologized for that and brought him on the show to answer for what he did. Had he listed the book as fiction we wouldn't have this problem, but then again, he probably wouldn'g have a best seller. He knew what he was doing. He tried to rip off the readers and he succeeded with that book. I have a feeling subsequent books won't meet with nearly as much success.

Perhaps he and Jayson Blair could get jobs at the Weekly World News.

January 27 2006 at 10:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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