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April 21, 2011 at 02:59 PM EDT

Back in 2006, it’s clear that James Frey vs. Oprah resulted in a total KO in favor of the talk show maven. But! Could the tables be turned later this year? Harpo confirms to EW that James Frey is set to return to The Oprah Winfrey Show sometime in May, five years after being publicly scolded and humiliated by Oprah for fabricating parts of his best-selling memoir, A Million Little Pieces. We shouldn’t, however, expect a scene as tense as the one we all witnessed in 2006; after all, Oprah did apologize to Frey for shaming him on TV in 2009. And the author has made quite a rebound since being forced to refund disappointed readers: He’s released the 2008 best-seller Bright Shiny Morning and is the man behind Pittacus Lore, the alien “author” of I Am Number Four. One thing is clear, though: The show will be must-see television. And no doubt you’ve already chosen a side.

Not that it’s easy. Looking back at the 2006 interview, it’s easy to see both at fault. Sure, Oprah seemed overly caustic — especially considering the fact that she had at first stood by the author — but Frey did fraud readers. And those readers include Oprah, who chose Pieces for her book club in 2005. It’s possible that Oprah and Frey will simply laugh about their past during the interview this May, but I’m hoping they dig deeper. I want Frey to talk about how he felt following the interview. I want Oprah to discuss whether she thought she was too harsh looking back at the sit-down. I can’t decide if I’m Team Frey or Team Oprah, but at the end of the day, the selfish TV viewer in me just wants to see some sparks. Is that wrong?

Whose side are you on five years later, PopWatchers?

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