James Frey returning to 'Oprah'
April 21st, 2011
04:19 PM ET

James Frey returning to 'Oprah'

Before Oprah Winfrey leaves daytime TV, she's bringing back one of her most infamous guests: controversial writer James Frey. CNN has confirmed that Frey will appear on Winfrey's show sometime in May.

Winfrey helped to make Frey a best-seller when she endorsed his memoir "A Million Little Pieces," but after learning that some of the content was fabricated, the 57-year-old host had Frey join her on the show once more in 2006 for an interesting - and uncomfortable - interview.

That may all be water under the bridge now, though - a source reportedly told the New York Post that Winfrey has apologized for doling out such a tongue-lashing.

Whatever factored in the decision process, Frey's agreed to come back for another round with Winfrey and talk about what's been up for the past five years, as well as chat about his latest book, β€œThe Final Testament of the Holy Bible,” which is set to release tomorrow.

The novel discusses what we would think of Jesus if he was to live in this contemporary time. Would he believe the same things? Teach the same lessons? Would we even notice him?

Ding, ding. Let the debates begin.

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  1. George S

    Remember something good comes out of something bad when you take the time to understand. Forgiveness is important for the peace of the soul and heart. To admit as Oprah did that when you don't display compassion you get lost. Good work to finalize it Oprah. God bless.

    May 17, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Janae Knallay

    Just like the pagan celebration of Ishtar has infiltrated our Christian celebration of the resurrection, Earth Day will slowly begin to infiltrate teh Christian recognition of the day Christ was crucified. The Israelites worshipped Ba'al a...longside Yahweh, and there is nothing new under the sun; well meaning Christians are participating in idol worship and they don't even know it.. I don't celebrate Good Friday nor do I celebrate Easter, because neither of them are in the Bible. I Never saw an easter bunny on the cross. "I hate, I despise your religiou feasts; I cannot stand your assemlbies [...] You have lifted up the shrine of your king, the pedestal of your idols, the star of your god–which you made for yourselves. Therefore I will send you into exile beyond Damascus," says the Lord, who name is God Almighty.."–Amos 5:21

    April 22, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Christian Genius

    A Proud Moment for Blind Christians Everywhere. This is an actual conversation on Facebook as brought to my attention this afternoon. I even see evidence of this mentality on this thread of comments. What is going on with Christians? How are they so stupid?

    Alissa Hardeman Moore: Facebook Genius
    Kinda funny that earth day was made on this day.... Probably the most important day of all our lives.... Today is the day that our lord and savior died for our sins. I will not be distracted or take my eyes from you lord. Thank you for loving me enough to die for me!! How amazing to know this was the very day we were all promised eternal life!!

    Alissa Hardeman Moore: Facebook Genius
    Earth day is important....but there is 365 days a year....why was this day chosen? Why didnt they pick mothers day or teacher day or valentines day?

    Chris Seagren: Hope for Christians Everywhere
    Earth day was founded in 70 by Gaylord Nelson and it is April 22nd. The fact that it falls on good friday this year is simply a coincidence.

    Alissa Hardeman Moore: Facebook Genius
    I know when it was founded. Im not usually one for conspiracy theories, however there is such a thing called the holy schedule.... When this week was founded, out of respect and observance for this Holy week.... Which would eventually me...et being that it was scheduled this close together. Usually when holidays are created, they look out 100 yrs in advance to see if their schedules would conflict. Like i said, i believe earth week/day is a good cause but i feel that it is a slap in the face to Christianity to not be mindful/ respectful of our beliefs.

    Chris Seagren: Hope for Christians Everywhere
    It's not conflicting though, Earth Day is celebrated all over the world. Good Friday is celebrated by Christians and yes you are all over the world as well but Jesus isn't going to keep this Earth beautiful and healthy, we are. So if Nelson thought it might get the Christians to better participate then he was a smart man.

    Alissa Hardeman Moore: Facebook Genius
    No. I takes the focus off jesus. Im done with this converstation.

    Chris Seagren: Hope for Christians Everywhere
    Hahahahahaha it doesn't take the focus off of Jesus. You're to funny.

    Alissa Hardeman Moore: Facebook Genius
    Shut your face or my head is going to explode!;-)

    I believe in God, but Christians generally scare me.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Peace

    Well said Pete.

    April 22, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. me

    Joe Rogan!

    April 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. James at 11

    As I read a Million Lilttle Pieces, I knew something wasn't right because when you party that hard, there is no way you are going to remember everything so vividly. You really don't have much choice but to embellish, or at least fill in the blanks as best you can – so when the news broke, iit was really no surprise.

    In any case, I still enjoyed the book and Oprah can suck it.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. Roscoe Chait

    Frey was caught telling lies in his supposedly nonfiction book. He gets a tongue-lashing from Oprah. He is vilified in all the newspapers. And what happens? People buy and read his book. I used to think that being honest and telling the truth was a virtue. But not in today's world. I sometimes teach writing classes, and in one class I lambasted Frey for lying in his memoir. One of my students spoke up and said she read his book, enjoyed it, and didn't care that he lied. She was entertained and that's all that mattered to her. Oh, well... What I need to do is to write a fiction novel and call it a true memoir and then I will be rewarded with a big bank account. What did somebody famous once say... just spell my name right, doesn't matter if what's said about me is good or bad.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. SoulTrain1943

    I hope he tell O to suck it

    April 22, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Florence B. Matyas

    If Jesus were to return today, I think he would follow a different path than last time. I think he still would operate off of the same basic tenets and put a new layer onto his last ministry to bring more people into the flock.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. Spinja

    A Million Little Pieces was an incredible book – fact or fiction. Quite frankly I don't care which either way.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. Matthew Posten

    I heard that James Frey is returning to Oprah only because ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER refused to have another cage match with him. Apparently ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER did not find James to be a worthy opponent.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. Movitar

    just got a $829.99 iPad2 for $117.37 and my girlfriend snagged an awesome $1299 MacBook Air for only $111.93, its being delivered tomorrow. I would be a fool to keep paying high retail prices at places like Walmart or BestBuy, when I even sold a 37" HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use two sites, both are good, BidsGo.com
    and SnagBids.com

    April 22, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve Stanlee

      That's not the only thing that your girlfrind has snagged of late, according to what I have been told. I heard that she has been very active snagging many many thing of late-you better check it out waldo

      April 22, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  13. anibleu

    ...Why didn't Oprah have Elie Wiesel back on her show to discuss his exploitation of the holocaust? ... b/c no matter what a good writer is a good writer – fact or fiction – you must know how to tell a story to captivate an audience – and this is what a good writer/artist does. Get over it – not everyone can write. (As we can see in these blogs)

    April 22, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. bluebird1

    Oprah is addicted to the fame that surrounds her as being Oprah. Oprah is addicted to herself. She's made millions and millions by explioting the hardtimes of others. She's rude to her expert guests by always interupting them – because she knows everything and she belittles her guests to serve her own psycho self. Those gifts she gave away aren't from her personally – they were given by the manufacturers for publicity purposes. So personally she is not generous to her show's guests and quite possibly to the outside world (even that school in South Africa – I don't see it as being sustainable with Oprah at the helm). I stopped watching Oprah a long time ago. Hey how 'bout this "blowout" final seasons – (from what I understand) out of a 9 month season about 6 are reruns.

    April 22, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. P.J.

    So Oprah has a problem with lying? Read Kitty Kelley's biography of Oprah. Seems James Frey is not the only one who thinks exaggeration or twisting of the facts is okay.
    Pot, meet kettle.

    April 22, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  16. AMERICA 1st

    Anyone who doesnt believe that Jesus exists is condemned. Jesus is alive and well and i love him with all my heart, mind and soul!

    April 22, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • P.J.

      Could you ask him what the H. stands for?

      April 22, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Waiiiit a min.. if we dont beleive in jesus we are condemned?

      That has got to be the most moronic comment ever. Who exactly is gonna condemn us if we dont beleive in jesus? Jesus? Nope he wouldnt condemn us. God? Nope. So.. who. YOU? If you condemn me, then you arent a christian... so you logic falls apart.

      April 24, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Donald in CA

    Good for you Oprah for making peace with James. But you have a heart of gold and this doesnt surprise me. America could use a little more civility.

    April 22, 2011 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  18. Sunshine Girl *

    If the book helped one person, or saved one life, then it was worth it. Why make such a big deal out of it, if it didnt hurt anyone, and did only good? I understand that some parts were lies, but most of the overall story is true. Oprah is just trying to save face, over the fact that she made a mistake, and didnt do her homework. Shame on you Oprah! As a former junkie myself, I know there were many days in my life when I wished I couldve read something like that to save my own life. Let it rest already!

    April 22, 2011 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  19. Steve

    Give the guy a chance! Whether it was fiction or not, the book made a great amount of sense. Has anyone who posted a negative comment ever tried to write a book?? Why don't you try, and I assure you that your comments will be somewhat more gracious. I personally like James Frey and I can't wait to see him on Oprah again. Thanks Oprah, and she doesn't look a day over 40.

    April 22, 2011 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  20. mary

    I was disgusted with ms Winfrey the day she had James Frey on for his 'public dressing down'...
    She is the one that built him and his book up..If she felt embarrassed when the truth came out, then maybe she should have taken it as a lesson to do better research before she touted some thing and some one , in front of the whole world.
    Many people sided with her.. Why? Because she is "Oprah",,,
    Big deal..
    Chastising him in public was not a classy thing to do at all..
    She should have just let what she said on Larry King be her last word on it.But she basically ambushed Frey and then let him have it publicly ..
    That was NOT classy at all.

    April 22, 2011 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  21. Daddyo

    I luv Oprah

    April 22, 2011 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  22. Shakergirl

    Back in high school he was known as Jim Frey. He was a geek in school( meant in a good way) and apparently has cashed in on it. Good for you, Jim. His embellishments made him infamous, most writers would kill to have that infamy! Take it for what's worth (I bet a boat load, Jim) and embrace it. Who cares....you got Oprah's attention and now we're all proud to say we went to school with you! Bravo....fellow Shakerite ! We celebrate your success man.........hometown girl....a year or two your senior.....I wonder whether you still have a crush on my sister....

    April 22, 2011 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  23. T3chsupport

    Whether or not it was partially made up or not, it was still an interesting story, with its own style. It instroduced me to Taoism. It's helped some people overcome addictions. Can't be all bad.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  24. cassandra

    J. Frey's new book sounds very interesting and I will check it out. Oprah in my opinion, over reacted to A Million Little Pieces and I hope she will admit to that when the show airs the interview with Frey. She is ultimately just a mere mortal being like the rest of us and can and will make mistakes! Never blindly follow anyone people unless it is in fact Jesus Christ!

    April 22, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  25. brian wilson shaun

    Christianity is a tall tale as well.But it teaches good moral guidelines to life.As long as the story helps people why complain?

    April 22, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  26. carol

    The book contributed to saving my grandson's life so It has redeemed itself. Also, I felt that Oprah over-reacted to the fact that she had been conned by an addict. Just proves she is human.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  27. GetwithitOprah

    Oprah hates Christianity. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xM5ILOsHLnw.
    Stay away from her. And the new age garbage!

    April 22, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
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  29. Lucy

    Frey should ask Oprah if she's gonna be as tough on Obama when it's determined that Bill Ayers wrote "Dreams from My Father" and it turns the whole book is a dream.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Jeff

    I hope she calls him out for his exploitation of young writers in his fiction factory. Why would anyone support this guy?

    April 21, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Chris

    If I were James Frey I wouldn't give her the time of day. What she did to him so crossed the line it's not even funny. Why he sat there and took that from her is beyond me..Or did I miss the day that she was made god? Looks like to me she should have been doing that questioning of her staff that SCREWED up and firing their butts. I will be SO glad when she is off the air...Oh wait..maybe the final testament of the Bible is called the book of Oprah...puuuhhllleeaase!!

    April 21, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  32. tanya moore-connell

    I can't believe she would stoop down that low...Oprah has it all and has done so much good, she didn't need to do this...ilove you

    April 21, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Yoos

    @ Tanya Moore~ We have to remember that before now, when a book was labelled as a non-fiction it was considered NON-FICTION. It was never question. I too read the book and I too thought that some parts especially about the airplane was exaggerated, but I shoved my feelings of doubt to the side and like Oprah, said "It's a memoir, of course it's real." If I were to read that book today, now knowing that books can be mislabeled in order to sell, I would whole-heartedly question it. I don't blame Oprah, I truly feel like me, she was duped, but I place the blame on the publishing company more so than I do James.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  34. jusme

    ok we have our own opinions about james frey. but i for one loved his first 2 books. whether they were true or not. bein an ex drug addict myself i feel he hit the nail on the head. if hes half as descriptive in this new book as he was in his last 2 ill definately read it.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Jerry

    Sounds like he read Illusions by Richard Bach.....great book but so Mr Frey should not get credit for originality.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Tony

    I stopped watching her fatness after that interview. She was wrong to do what she did

    April 21, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Curt

    Jesus is God. So he knows how to get noticed when he wants to. He was noticed in his time because of the controversy and the number of people who followed him. The world is what it is today because he lived. Even the year 2011 is a reflection of him because the calendar is based on his birth. The lessons he taught are timeless and they are truth. They are not based on any current events. He would teach exactly the same things today as he did then. Although if he had waited until now to come I doubt that there would even be a world here. People would have destroyed each other long ago.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • dwt

      I don't understand how you can feel so certain about such things. But to each his own.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • jem morgue

      Religion brings about war. If the jesus/muhammed/god/flying spaghetti monster was never conceived, we'd be a LOT further in technology and science. But then I guess weak minds would be too scared of death or never seeing their dead loved ones. Quell the minds of the masses, just to lose a couple thousand years of progress.

      April 22, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  38. fair/balanced

    the book was entertaining so give him a chance, u dont have to read it just like other books out there that we dont like the subject of. im just saying

    April 21, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  39. tanya moore-connell

    Dear God bless us...i love you and thank you so much for everything u've done and will do

    April 21, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  40. WinslowD

    I read A Million Little Pieces. Oprah was very gullible to believe that farce of a story. I caught on in the first chapter that what Frey had written was completely untrue. There is no dentist in the world that would do a procedure like Frey claimed he was forced to undergo without anesthesia. Furthermore, there is no way any airline would let him fly wasted and covered with blood. It was ridiculous. I lost respect for Oprah over that fiasco. The phony tears of betrayal she shed only made matters worse. I have always liked Oprah, and still do, but she has not taken responsibility for her own failure on this one.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Why

    Why would anyone want to read a liar's opinion on how the human race would react to the current existence of Jesus Christ?

    April 21, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Because we are all liars. Everyone lies, no matter how good you think you are. Jesus is the only one who would never lies so STFU and stop assuming your more like him, when your more like regular people.

      April 22, 2011 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Why

      Hey Ryan. You're an ignorant man and what you said in no way pertains to my comment.

      April 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  42. alex

    I don't give a rats ass if 'a million little pieces' was fake. It was still a great book.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  43. gina

    A million little pieces was such a great book. All controversy aside. I will definately read his new book and look forward to watching him on oprah..again.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  44. cynical

    She probably just wants to talk dirt to him about the "Three Cups of Tea" author.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  45. markiejoe

    The new book sounds interesting. Think I'll pick up a copy.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Literate

    I'll read it simply because I liked his first two. So what if it wasn't a true memoir? Do you really think we get pure unvarnished truth from anyone these days? If it's entertaining and thought-provoking (and the subject of the book implies that it just might be) I'm in.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Tom Leykis

    Oprah contributes nothing and her target demographic is fat, hausfraus. LOL

    April 21, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Sharon O

    The first tongue lashing wasn't enough?

    April 21, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  49. DUH

    It's too bad that he didn't just say "based on a true story". Alot of the parts were true.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dingding

      Exactly. His hyperbole bit him on the butt, and he couldn't take the heat. If I heard him whine "but it was a MEMOIR" one more time, I was going to slap him!

      April 21, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Jan

    whether the book was completely true or not, it was a compelling read. very intense. and it told a good story and demonstrated a good lesson. i bought several of them for addicts and they truly appreciated the books even if they were not 100% true. i don't know about his new book but i always felt that oprah went overboard in taking him to task on her show the way she did. it was pretty tough to watch. he did what he did, with the help and advice of very knowledgeable people in the business. i think he was more of a dupe that she was.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • sarah

      I totally agree with you on that! I haven't watched Oprah since that interview She showed her true colours that day!!!

      April 21, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • mary`

      Same here...
      No more Oprah... It was appalling... Such a arrogant and unkind thing to do to him..
      Especially since he never asked her to endorse his book in the first place... It was her and the people on her staff that didn't do their research before they touted him and his book to her viewers.

      April 22, 2011 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Margaret

      Totally agree!

      April 22, 2011 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Kathy

      I agree.. I stopped watching Oprah after she took him to task, and I told everyone(that would listen ) how she owed him an apology..and than many years later she did πŸ™‚ So even the almightly Oprah can make mistakes.. I wish him luck with his new book, hopefully he can redeem his reputation..

      April 22, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  51. mastershake

    Sounds like a pointless book with no value.

    April 21, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  52. kenny

    Oprah, owes me the cost of the first book LOL I had heard her talking about it and finally bought it. He confessed to fabricating the book 3 days later πŸ™‚

    April 21, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  53. wow

    Oprah's 57?!

    April 21, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shalisa

      According the standard math, yes, she is 57 since she was born in 1954.

      Remember, her show started 1983 when she became the host of AM Chicago. That was almost 30 years ago. So, that her age really isn't a surprise since she has been hosting a talk show for 28 years now.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  54. mary

    have you people even considered keeping an open mind? do you even read? fools.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  55. MadCityBabe

    the subject matter of his new book sounds incredibly BORING!

    April 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  56. @peace

    Hard to notice sumthing that don't exist, stupid persun

    April 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • WilliesGirl

      @peace – Too bad you don't know how to spell correctly. Poor grammar – that is what makes YOU look like the stupid PERSON.

      April 21, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Peace

    Get him Oprah! As for the new book,well, why would anybody notice "Him"? Most people don't "notice" Him now. Before I'm condemned, I said MOST people. Just read the blogs w/ all the racism & nasty comments submitted. I'm just saying !

    April 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • RJ

      Relax. Yikes.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
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      April 21, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • pete

      hey Peace, personally, its to me a story about a guy who lied about an experience he didnt have, and he is being rewarded by getting a new publishing contract and essentially becoming a millionaire (look him up)...so to me is about morality and ethics. This is the world we live in, and Oprah and Frey just taught us that its ok to lie, cuz you're gonna get rich in the end. All unpublidshed writers take note. Write a phony memoir, lie like crazy. Get rich. Get on Oprah. Repeat. What would Jesus do?

      April 22, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |

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