Friday, January 27, 2006

Why would James Frey agree to appear on Oprah's show again?

Yesterday (Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006), James Frey appeared on Oprah to admit that most of his best-selling non-fiction book A Million Little Pieces was, in fact, fiction. This comes as no surprise to anyone with an internet connection - reported in detail about the fabrications in the book more than two weeks ago. It's not news that James Frey is a total liar (a total liar who has sold more than two million copies of his first book).

My question is this: why would Frey agree to appear again on Oprah, when he would have to know that Winfrey will use the show to berate him and call him a liar on national television for an entire hour? This makes no sense. A normal person goes to great lengths to avoid being publicly shamed. Does one sign a contract when one appears on Oprah that stipulates that the guest must also agree to come back to the show to be hung out to dry if Winfrey so chooses? Or is Frey laughing all the way to the bank, having been paid a large fee by Winfrey to appear on the show again? Or is Frey a liar and an idiot?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

From what I understand, Oprah pays no one to be on her show...ever. The only reason I can imagine Frey agreed to come on again was because he understood that his publisher, Nan Telese, would be supportive of him. She an extent. Other than that, I can't imagine why he put himself in that hot seat. It was uncomfortable for ME to watch him squirm; I can't imagine what it felt like for him!

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