In January 2006, on her show, Oprah confronted James Frey about the fictionalised accounts he included in his best-selling memoir, A Million Little Pieces. Five years later, James sits down with Oprah once again for a two part interview, as they remember that afternoon.
The interview resulted in James having to face a lot of difficult situations, from being sneered at to being sued several times. Oprah too faced the backlash of the infamous interview. The talk show hostess said she received calls from strangers condemning the way she interrogated Frey in her previous interview.
At the time, Oprah says, she disagreed with critics who felt that she was too hard on James. "Did you think I was too hard on you?" she asks him. James replies, "I thought it was within your rights to conduct your show however you wanted to. I knew I had made a bad mistake."
In part two of Oprah's interview with James Frey, the discussion moves past the controversy surrounding his book and shifts to his life today. His new book is called The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, and he says it is something he has been thinking about writing for at least 15 years. The idea came to him while he was working in the stockroom at a retail store on Chicago's Michigan Avenue.
The Final Testament of the Holy Bible is the story of the Second Coming of Christ in today's modern world—but in James' book, Christ is a bisexual former alcoholic who lives in the Bronx and impregnates a stripper. Writing a story like this may set off its own controversy, but James says it is not his intention to offend people. He says, "That book wasn't written for the sake of controversy."
With a new book on the horizon and the memoir controversy in his rear view mirror, James says he is quite content with life today. "I love what I do. I've never been happier in my life."
Don"t miss the riveting two part interview of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Wednesday, December 14 at 9 pm only on BIG CBS LOVE.