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Oprah apologizes to author James Frey

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Oprah Winfrey has apologized to author James Frey for shaming him on her talk show in 2006, after it was revealed that Frey had fabricated details for his best-selling memoir, A Million Little Pieces, Reuters reports. Winfrey had chosen Pieces for her book club in 2005, and had initially stood by Frey after the website The Smoking Gun raised serious doubts about the veracity of details in the book, which chronicled Frey’s battle with drug- and alcohol abuse. But then Winfrey changed her mind, and took Frey to task on her show, telling him on national television that he had lied to her and that she felt “duped.” Now, though, she seems to have had a change —  or at least a softening — of heart. According to a Vanity Fair report, Winfrey called Frey last fall and told him, “I felt I owe you an apology.” About that call, Frey told VF that “it was a nice surprise to hear from her, and I really appreciated the call and the sentiment.”