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Oprah confronts Frey

Author confirms Smoking Gun report

After more than two weeks of criticism, Oprah has changed her mind about James Frey.

Host made the rare move of convening a new show today in which she berated the “Million Little Pieces” scribe and apologized to her audience.

“I really feel duped,” she said to Frey. “I feel that you betrayed millions of readers.”

She admitted to viewers that she “made a mistake” when she phoned a Larry King broadcast two weeks ago and called the Frey flap much ado about nothing. “Like many of you, I have a million little questions,” she told viewers.

Winfrey decided to tape a new show, which airs Thursday in most markets, after some critics had said her position on Frey endorsed a slippery definition of the truth. Appearing on the program were media observers, Frey and editor Nan Talese (whose imprint “A Million Little Pieces” was published under, though she was never the book’s editor).

Frey called the Smoking Gun report “pretty accurate” and essentially confirmed the worst of his critics’ charges: that he invented the character of James Frey to heighten dramatic effect. “I think I made a lot of mistakes in writing the book and promoting book,” he said.

It was unclear if Frey knew the tenor of the show before he agreed to appear on it.

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