Today, Winfrey apologized to Frey for being too harsh with him in her follow-up interview -- after she had been attacked for promoting a book that turned out to be a fake.
At the time, Winfrey was understandably pissed off. "My position and my intention was, 'How dare you. How dare you. How dare you lie to me. How dare you lie to the viewers.' It was not a position of, 'Let me hear your story. Let me hear your side.' And for that, I apologize.
Frey thanked Winfrey for the apology, and the two embraced. For his part, Frey also apologized for putting Winfrey in that situation. "If anything, I should offer the apology to you," he said. "This mess was my mess, you know? You've done nothing but be really generous and cool with me."
Oprah Winfrey helped make 'Pieces' into a bestseller in 2005 when she made it a selection of Oprah's Book Club and interviewed Frey on her show. In 2006, Frey went on the show again to admit that he had made up parts of the book.
On Monday's 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), Winfrey interview Frey again, and he reaffirmed his feelings about memoirs.
"I don't have a whole lot of respect for the genre. I think most writers of memoirs, and this is a very unpopular statement, do what I did."
Frey said he thinks most people who write memoirs manipulate and fabricate things and play with the truth, to tell the best story they can. But, you know, he might be exaggerating that just a little bit.
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There's no network set for the projects, but 'American Idol' producer Simon Fuller is on board. Of course, his involvement leads to the question of whether or not Lopez will continue as a judge on 'Idol' next season. She's only signed on for this year, but most reviews of her performance on the show have been positive.
In other TV news ...
• 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' has been renewed for a third season. The show will continue through 2012. [EW]
• HBO is producing Jennifer Egan's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel 'A Visit From the Goon Squad' as a TV series. The book follows the lives of a group of characters who meet in San Francisco's '80s punk rock scene. [Deadline]
• Disgraced memoirist James Frey will appear on 'Oprah' again. It'll be his first appearance on the show after the talk show host laid into him in 2006 for faking details in his former Oprah Book Club pick 'A Million Little Pieces.' [NY Post]
What do you think was the #1 TiVoed (yeah, it's a verb now) moments of 2006? Was it an episode of Lost? Was it an episode of Grey's Anatomy or CSI or Desperate Housewives? How about one of the World Series games or the Super Bowl or maybe the finale of American Idol?
After the jump check out the list of the top 10 recorded moments according to TiVo. I guarantee a couple of them will be a surprise to you.
We all have our opinions on what we'd like to see on television, and what we don't want to see. And now Salon has a two-part series where they asked several writers and other folks to come up with their fantasy television series. Included are such people as Phil Rosenthal (creator/producer of Everybody Loves Raymond), Mark Cuban, writer Megham Daum, Aaron Shure (writer on Lucky Louie), and ex-Men's Health, Maxim UK, and Stuff editor Greg Gutfield.
Most of the writers took it as a creative writing exercise, so many of the shows are more jokes than actual ideas. I don't really get Daum's idea about a show involving a ferret and laser tag, and John Darnielle (lead singer of The Mountain Goats) wants to see more boxing on TV.
Mark Cuban wants a reality show starring Dennis Rodman. Ugh.
You know whose essay I agreed with the most? James Frey's. Yup, that's James Frey of Million Little Pieces and Oprah fame. He wants to see a return of the old-fashioned private eye show we don't see on TV anymore, like Magnum, P.I., The Rockford Files, and Mike Hammer. I'd love to see that happen. Either that, or a variety show hosted by Amy Sedaris. All Amy, all the time!
(S10E05) You can probably add Trey Parker and Matt Stone to the list of people who will never be invited on Oprah.
One of my favorite side characters, Towelie, returned for this episode. Broke and in desperate need for money, he decides to write a memoir. Unfortunately, he has trouble selling it because most of the book is about Dorito Corn Chips, and also, he's a towel. Using his special "getting high" powers, he decides to disguise himself as a person in order to get people interested in his book. Oprah makes it a book club selection, but instantly turns on Towelie when she finds out he's been lying.
Oprah Winfrey is the Most Powerful Person In The Universe (TM), but many people aren't happy with her power and reach, including Mark Jurkowitz of The Boston Phoenix. In this lengthy article, he talks about the many ways that we may have reason to fear Oprah, from her expensive seminars to the effect she has on news and culture, and her role as "sanctimonious bully" (those are the words of Robert Thompson, head of The Center For The Study Of Television) in her recent takedown of author James Frey.
What do you think? Do you like Oprah? Does this article make any good points?
I should've known.
A Manhattan social worker was the first to file a lawsuit against Random House, the publisher of Frey's fictitious memoir about overcoming drug and alcohol addiction. The plaintiff, Jennifer Cohn, said she recommended Frey's book to a number of clients who were struggling with the same addiction. Another New York reader filed a class action lawsuit, asking for her $14.95 back. There are also lawsuits in state and federal courts in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
So...what's worse? Ripping apart the author on nationwide television or suing an author because his memoir is packed with lies?
Anyway, in case you've missed it -- perhaps you were busy putting your name in a square for the Super Bowl -- here are some highlights from the last week at TV Squad:
Oprah bakes James Frey's scrod
- Oprah confronts Frey about his "memoir" A Million Little Pieces.
- I give Winfrey credit for admitting she made a mistake.
- Oprah's fans are not happy that she publicly berated Frey.
- 60 Minutes director Arthur Bloom dead at 63.
- NFL Network to air Saturday and Thursday games in 2006.
- Strangers with Candy movie to come out in June.
- Man comes forward to claim he had a tryst with Clay Aiken.
- San Diego auditions for The Biggest Loser canceled.
- Tracy Morgan fights DUI charges.
- Josie Bissett and Rob Estes divorce.
- Will ABC pick up Scrubs for next season?
- Richard Hatch found guilty of tax evasion.
- Christopher Penn dead at 43.
- The Book of Daniel is canceled.
- The WB and UPN to merge into "The CW".
- My Name Is Earl shuts down due to Jason Lee's chicken pox.
- NBC denies Friends reunion rumors.
- The West Wing is officially canceled.
- Easter eggs in the last episode of Lost.
- Should The O.C. have introduced a "sexy" teenaged character?
- How I Met Your Mother semi-spoiler about Ted and Buttercup.
- There's an "alternate" DHARMA initiative video floating around (It's a Lost reference. Yeah, I had no idea, either).
- Can YOU understand what they're saying on Love Monkey?
- What would you name the new CW network?
- Enter our Super Bowl
squares game by telling us what you like and don't like about TV Squad.
- Bob thinks Paris Bennett is going to win American Idol.
- Anna thinks Josh Holloway is ssssmmmokin'.
- Is a Magnum P.I. movie really necessary?
- We kept you in the dark about Arrested Development. But it was for a good reason. Promise.
- The slow pacing of the Lost mystery is driving Brad Hill nuts.
Does anybody out there support what Oprah did? I mean, other than me and Joel and Maureen Dowd.
[Thanks for the tip, Debbie!]
- "There's nothing wrong with working with a dummy." - Simon, referring to Paula, after a contestant auditioned with a ventriloquist's dummy, on American Idol.
- "I can't wear the New York Dolls because it might turn off the wrong people. And I can't wear Wham! because it might turn on the wrong people." - Tom, trying to decide what t-shirt to wear under his sports coat, on Love Monkey.
- "I really feel duped." - Oprah Winfrey, to author James Frey, after he admitted to fabrications in his memoir.
- "One time, as a joke, Packer banged every girl in the office. It was hysterical." - Michael, about someone he used to work with, on The Office.
- "I'm sure you've got a load you need to drop in, don't ya Jethro?" - Sawyer to Hurley, about going
to do some laundry with Libby, on Lost.
But I have to give her a lot of credit for not only confronting James Frey on her show Thursday, but for admitting that she made a mistake in initially defending him on Larry King Live a couple of weeks ago. She realized that, although she supported the message of the book, that the truth is what counts the most. During the course of the show, she showed a fantastic human side, showing flashes of anger, frustration, and humiliation, her voice cracking at certain points during her interview with Frey. She seemed especially dismayed that the facts about the suicide of Frey's lover Lilly, who he supposedly couldn't save from hanging herself a day after his "jail sentence" ended, were also changed.
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