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After getting skewered by Oprah, James Frey will return to her show in May

April 21, 2011 |  8:24 am

Frey Yes, Oprah Winfrey famously went on the attack against James Frey when he admitted that he fabricated certain details of his bestselling memoir, "A Million Little Pieces," but Frey is ready to make nice: He will appear on one of Winfrey's final shows in May for a full hour to discuss his novel "The Final Testament of the Holy Bible," Winfrey's spokeswoman confirmed on Thursday.

Winfrey reportedly apologized to Frey after she repeatedly lambasted him for being dishonest, triggering such a public backlash against him that he fled to France soon afterward. But he seems to be staging a comeback: Reviews for his new novel, which focuses on an alternative version of Jesus, a former alcoholic who gets a prostitute pregnant, have been drumming up excitement, with Slate even calling it a "masterpiece." Considering that Winfrey's a big fan of a slightly more cleaned-up version of Jesus, they'll certainly have a lot to talk about.

-- Melissa Maerz

Photo: James Frey and Oprah Winfrey. Credit: George Burns / Associated Press