The Oprah Winfrey Show might have ended six years ago, but the inspirational (and sometimes controversial) guest stars that have appeared on her show are hard to forget. From James Frey to Keisha Thomas, here's a look back at her most memorable guests stars — and where they are now.
In 2006, Oprah chose James Frey's memoir A Little Million Pieces as part of Oprah's Book Club. But shortly after the book's success, reports exposed the book as being partly fiction. Oprah invited James to the show to talk about the controversy and confront him about his many lies.
Since his controversial appearance on the show, Oprah has since apologized to the author for the harsh way she interviewed him, admitting that she lacked compassion. James has released two other books since Million and runs a young adult publishing company.
Keisha, who now resides in Houston, is still an activist and hopes to return to Michigan to start an organization that helps local businesses, according to Mlive. The man she protected, Albert McKeel Jr., has since died.
Monica appeared on Oprah back in 2008 to talk about a rare flesh-eating disease that required doctors to amputate both her arms and legs to survive. She came back on the show in 2010 where Oprah surprised her and her family with a brand new house.
Back in 1987, Oprah held a town hall meeting at Forsyth County, Ga., a town that hadn't had a black resident in more than 75 years. Oprah interviewed lots of people from the town, but the most memorable was Dennis, a bearded man who said some infamously racist words.
Back in 2011, Oprah invited Dennis back to her show. He confessed that his 1987 remarks had left a blight on his reputation. "I would see [people] in the stores and they would go to the next aisle to keep from having to speak to me," he told her. Although he apologized to Oprah for his remarks, he still stood by the majority of what he said.
Jacqui appeared on Oprah in 2003 to share her harrowing story. After surviving a car crash, caused by a drunk driver, she was left horribly disfigured. She lost her hair, her nose, and was burned all over her body.
In 1998, Erin became an inspiration thanks to her heartbreaking story. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Erin recorded hundreds of tapes and videos full of life advice for her daughter, Peyton. Her story moved Oprah to tears.