Several staffers from Harpo tell TMZ that Oprah Winfrey has taken the James Frey scandal "hard." One says she has been "very stressed out and upset about it."
The staffers say Oprah was relieved when the show was over and the staff felt she did a great job. But today at Harpo, mum is the word. It is not the subject of office chit chat.
There has been criticism that Oprah pulled a "Dan Rather" by not immediately challenging Frey when the scandal first broke. Instead, she publically defended him. So, was yesterday's TV confrontation about Frey or Oprah herself? TMZ checked the tape, and found that Oprah used the word "I" 119 times during the show.
And finally, this. Oprah says before the scandal broke, her dentist questioned Frey's claim that he had undergone two root canals without the comfort of novocaine. She says her dentist said "that could not have happened." So why after the scandal first broke didn't Oprah connect the dots, insteading of defending Frey on 'Larry King Live'? Just asking.