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Oprah Winfrey Apologizes to James Frey (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 17th 2011 7:45PM
Oprah Winfrey continued her interview with author James Frey on Tuesday's 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated). In yesterday's edition, Frey talked about being caught lying in his bestselling book, 'A Million Little Pieces,' and said he had no respect for the memoir genre since, he said, memoir writers exaggerate and stretch the truth to make for good storytelling.

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."

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James Frey Back on 'Oprah,' Says He Doesn't Respect Memoir Genre (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 16th 2011 9:30PM
James Frey on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'In 2003, James Frey established his contempt for the literary memoir format by releasing 'A Million Little Pieces,' a supposed memoir that turned out to be full of lies.

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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Jennifer Lopez Developing New Reality Talent Competition Show, 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' Renewed and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 21st 2011 1:30PM
Jennifer LopezJennifer Lopez has her own talent competition series in the works, reports Entertainment Weekly. 'Que Viva' would see the star and her husband, Marc Anthony, scouring Latin America for undiscovered musical superstars.

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]

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Oprah chooses Poitier memoir for book club

by Julia Ward, posted Jan 26th 2007 8:36PM
Sidney PoitierOprah's Book Club is back. Like a phoenix from the ashes of the James Frey debacle, Oprah has returned, and this time she's got a veritable saint by her side in the form of acclaimed actor and activist Sidney Poitier. When your book club's burned by a guy who made a bunch of crap up, what better way to go than with the autobiography of a person who has lived most of his adult life in the public eye. It also doesn't hurt that the guy's golden. Short of some cantankerous ghostwriter coming forward, Poitier and his autobiographical tome The Measure of a Man are beyond criticism. He also lacks any particular literary pretenses so he's not going to pull a Jonathan Franzen, who requested that his book The Corrections be struck from the Winfrey record.

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The Top 10 TiVo moments of 2006

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 15th 2006 3:26PM

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.

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James Frey settles lawsuit with readers -- UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Sep 8th 2006 1:10PM
james freyRemember James Frey? He's the author of A Million Little Pieces, which became a bestseller thanks to Oprah Winfrey. Earlier this year, The Smoking Gun uncovered that Frey's book, which he claimed was non-fiction, was at least partially fabricated. At first, Oprah defended him but then she came to her senses and beat him witless on her show. It was an ugly affair, wasn't it? Thousands of readers filed a class action lawsuit against Frey and his publisher, Random House, claiming they were defrauded. Now Frey and his publisher have agreed to give refunds to all the people involved in the lawsuit. It will take months before everyone's money is returned.

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Design your ultimate TV show!

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 25th 2006 11:59AM

Magnum, P.I.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!

Here's part one, and here's part two.

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South Park: A Million Little Fibers

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 20th 2006 9:48AM

towelie south park(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.

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Fox dumps James Frey's TV show

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 14th 2006 12:05PM
james freyJames Frey was going to have a TV show? Well, he was writing one anyway, but Fox has decided not to go with Frey's show, which would have been about a surfing detective. Frey sold the script to the network before Oprah and the rest of the world learned of the fabrications in his so-called memoir A Million Little Pieces. Fox claims its decision to pass on Frey's tale of a private dick named Donald "Insane" Tremaine had nothing to do with the maelstrom surrounding Frey and his book. My guess is that the show just wouldn't have been very good.

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Kneeling at the altar of Oprah

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 10th 2006 3:00PM

Oprah WinfreyOprah 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?

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The lawsuits fly against Frey

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 31st 2006 3:37PM
After Oprah tore James Frey apart on her show last week, I was left to wonder what would be next for the author.

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?

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Previously on TV Squad

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 29th 2006 7:26PM
I've been doing these "week in review" recaps for a couple of months now, and, while I've been enjoying it, it does take a bit of effort to scour TV Squad on a weekly basis and compile this list. So here's what I'd like to know from the fine readership we have here: do you use this post to go back and look at things we've written about during the past week? Do you ignore it? Is this post helpful to your enjoyment of TV Squad? Please let me know in the comments.

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 bakes James Frey's scrod
Breaking News
Discussions
The Five
Opinions
Episode Reviews

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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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And I Quote: the best one-liners of the week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 27th 2006 4:29PM
  • Oprah"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.

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I have newfound respect for Oprah

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 26th 2006 11:29PM
Oprah confronts James FreyI've never been one of Oprah Winfrey's biggest fans. Although she's helped a lot of people with her show and her wealth, she also tends to over-promote just how generous she is. Also, her sanctimoniousness is irritating as hell; her overreaction to being denied access to a Hermès store that was closing for the night was a particularly galling incident.

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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