Oprah Winfrey has apologized to James Frey for slamming him on her talk show after news broke that the author fabricated parts of his memoir.
"It was a nice surprise to hear from her, and I really appreciated the call and the sentiment," Frey told Vanity Fair. "When I heard her say, 'I felt I owe you an apology,' I was very grateful."
A spokeswoman for Winfrey confirmed Wednesday that the call occurred.
Winfrey selected Frey's 2003 best-seller A Million Little Pieces, which recounts his drug and alcohol addiction, for her book club in 2005. A year later, after learning he faked certain details, Winfrey brought him back to the show for an angry confrontation. "It is difficult for me to talk to you, because I really feel duped," she told him.
Frey released Bright Shiny Morning, a work of fiction, last year. There are no immediate plans for him to return to the show because it is on summer hiatus.
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