Winfrey says she feels Frey 'betrayed millions of readers'

Thursday, January 19th 2006, 12:36 pm
By: News On 6

CHICAGO (AP) _ Oprah Winfrey challenged author James Frey over his disputed memoir, asking him on a live telecast of her show Thursday to explain why he ``felt the need to lie.''

``It is difficult for me to talk to you because I really feel duped ... but more importantly I feel that you betrayed millions of readers,'' Winfrey said to Frey, who wrote the hugely popular ``A Million Little Pieces.''

Frey's story of substance abuse and recovery became one of the best-selling books of 2005 after Winfrey named it to her book club last fall, with countless addicts citing it as inspiration. It was originally published in 2003.