Yippie Kayee, Mother Oprah

In an utterly baffling development, James Frey has found an unexpected supporter in Bruce Willis: “Look at what happened to James Frey in the last two weeks,” says Willis. “That’s a great book and so is the follow up book. And just because his publisher chose to say that these were memoirs, it took it out of being a work of fiction, a great work of fiction and very well written to this guy having to go be sucker punched on OPRAH by one of the most powerful women in television just to grind her own axe about it. ‘Hey, Oprah. You had President Clinton on your show and if this prick didn’t lie about a couple of things I’m going to set myself on fire right now.'” (via Defamer)

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  1. that is beyond weird. i don’t even know what to say about that. I don’t even know why i am commenting.. but how odd. what a freakazoid.

  2. On the network television dubbed “Die Hard”, Willis’s character gets to say “Yipee Kay-Aye, Mr. Falcon”, which is pretty much my favorite quote ever. Sincerely.

  3. Ah, yes. Clinton and Frey. Totally comparable. Thank you, Bruce. Now go and make another one of your mindless little action flicks and get out of my face, okay?

  4. So true Bruce! Oprah was just covering her own ass! He HAS helped millions just like she said! And she knows it. So James Frey will always be a huge hero to millions and you go James!

  5. I have battled a crack addiction for 4 years. After getting half way through A Million Little Pieces, I stopped and have been clean since. It has been a month. I have read both of his books and they have moved me greatly. I don’t care how much of them are true. They inspired me to improve my life and like him, take control. I thank James for the courage he gave me. I didn’t think I had it.
    I agree with Bruce that Oprah came down on him too hard and the only reason she did that was because she was embarassed. Focusing a whole show on running him down was not the right thing to do. I felt really sorry for him and hope it did not push him back to drugs or alcohol.
    I look forward to his next book. He is a great writer.

  6. I have battled a crack addiction for 4 years. After getting half way through A Million Little Pieces, I stopped and have been clean since. It has been a month. I don’t care how much of his books are true. They inspired me to improve my life and like him, take control. I thank James for the courage he gave me.I agree with Bruce that Oprah came down on him too hard and the only reason she did that was because she was embarassed.

  7. I don’t think it’s so baffeling . I thought Oprah’s behavior was exploitative, disingenuous and self-serving .
    If I was Frey , I would have told her to chill out – the book was just one long hallucination .
    I’m glad Willis spoke up . He voiced exactly what I was thinking .
    As far as the Clinton/Frey comparison , I think it’s valid . One was an addict and the other was President of the United States- both were exposed as liars to one degree or another .
    Oprah let Clinton Skate and skewered Frey . She comes off to me as a bully .
    Why dosn’t somebody scrutinize Oprah’s bio for accuracy ?

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