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TheDailyBeast: Oprah's Biggest Feuds

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Oprah vs. James Frey

The fray over Frey began when Winfrey picked his memoir "A Million Little Pieces" as the September 2005 selection for her book club. The work topped The New York Times' bestsellers list shortly thereafter. But the more Frey and his work were subjected to scrutiny, the more it became clear the writer had fabricated parts of his memoir—like the key scene, in which he was arrested. Unluckily for him, Oprah's payback was a you-know-what. Frey returned to the show to apologize publicly, and a no-nonsense Oprah told it like it was: "I feel you betrayed millions of readers." She wasn't content, however, just to chastise Frey. She brought on the book's publisher, Nan Talese, and got her to admit that she had never fact-checked the memoir. As her show came to a close in May 2011, Winfrey again sat down with Frey and the two hugged it out.
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