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A Million Little Pieces author James Frey returned to The Oprah Winfrey Show on Monday, five years after the host berated him on her show over his admission that he had made up significant portions of his memoir.
During the interview that aired Monday, Oprah Winfrey said she was shocked about the “huge backlash” after their previous interview.
Author-friend Marianne Williamson had asked her the next day: “Who do you think you are? Do you think you’re God?”
At the time, Winfrey disagreed with Williamson’s evaluation, but she soon began seeing comments that were critical of her handling of the interview.
On Monday’s show, she asked Frey how he had felt: “Did you think that I had taken you out to the whipping post, or did you think at the time I was too hard on you?”
“I thought it was within your rights to conduct the show however you wanted to,” Frey responded. “I knew I had made a bad mistake. And I –“
Winfrey interjected: “What did you think about the way it was conducted, your impression of it?”
“I thought I got ambushed, absolutely,” he replied. “I felt like I got ambushed. I think even had I known what I was walking into, I probably still would have walked into it. … At the end of it, it didn’t matter what happened on that show because in some ways I deserved it. You know, I made a mistake, and at a certain time, it came time to pay for it, and I paid for it.”
Frey also appears on Tuesday’s Oprah. Watch a clip from the interview above. Vulture has the clip where Frey talks about being “ambushed.”
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