James Frey : “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Oprah” January 29, 2006Posted by Zack W. Handley in General Musings, Search.
I was out at Typhoon Friday night having some cocktails and shooting the breeze when I decided to bring up Thursdays Oprah. A show where Oprah loses it, puts on one of the most ungenuine personas ever, and bullys James Frey like only a billionaire with low self esteem can.
It was a mixed crowd –equally women and men- but, (to a person) EVERYONE felt Oprah was completely and utterly out of line in her attack. Everyone at the table thought it was completely scripted and most had lost significant respect for the worlds most popular talk show host. Everyone (I keep using that word) agreed that the book was about addiction and recovery. Fabricated jail stays or the *method* (highly innapropriate when the tradgedy is the death – You owe an apology for that Oprah) of suicide had no effect on the story.
Lastly the panel of suckups Oprah’s producers had assembled (Never know when your next book may need a boost, Frank?) were in such utter awe of BigO they probably would have all agreed (and held him down) if Oprah decided to beat Frey with a high heel.
In the End, James Frey’s books sales have actually increased since the show and the movies is being coproduced by Brad Pitt.
360: James Frey
180: Oprah Winfrey