Oprah: "It's not sad for me. It's embarrassing."



on "Oprah," talk-show host Winfrey brought out

James Frey

, author of

A Million Little Pieces

, who is probably understandably nostalgiac for the days when he had the support of his one-time backer (


Emily Carter's take on things in this week's City Pages). His self-styled credibility as a bad-ass two-fisted addiction survivor was deflated considerably by a

recent piece in The Smoking Gun

that revealed, among other things, that Frey's story of beating up, and being beaten up by, several cops was actually a minor arrest without incident that saw him freed in a couple of hours.

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