Does James Frey have embarrassing audiotapes of Oprah Winfrey?
The upcoming paperback version of his best-selling novel, "Bright Shiny Morning," includes two passages omitted from the hard cover, which came out last year.
The first passage is a triple X-rated story of an affair between a lawyer for the ACLU and the wife of a Republican senator who meet in a bar and proceed to have raunchy sex in bathrooms, alleys, seedy motels and the backseats of the cars. The sex scenes — deemed too racy for some readers — are included in the paperback.
The second passage is more controversial because it seems to be based on Frey and his nemesis, Winfrey. Who doesn't remember Frey's disastrous appearance on Winfrey's show three years ago after his megabest-selling memoir, "A Million Little Pieces," was found to have been embellished — an appearance that publishing legend Nan Talese, who appeared on the show with Frey, characterized as "mean and self-serving" and a "public scourge."
The new section contains a story about someone caught up in a highly publicized controversy and a television show that he knows is going to end badly for him. When he feels people "turning on him," he starts taping all his phone calls, including some with "the producers of the show, the executive producer of the show." After getting publicly eviscerated, he tapes one with "the host," where she checks to make sure he isn't "going to hurt himself" and reveals some startling information about herself.
When asked for comment by Page Six, Frey laughed and said, "The book is fiction. Interpret it however you want."