Adams was featured on the Oprah show in 2003 with other cosmetic surgeons. In just a few hours of investigating, TMZ found DUIs and malpractice suits — among other things. How could Oprah have missed it — and not known or cared that Dr. Adams was not a board-certified plastic surgeon?
A rep for Oprah tells TMZ, "Dr. Jan Adams appeared as a guest on the ’Oprah’ show just once, in 2003, as the host of the Discovery Health Channel series, ’Plastic Surgery: Before and After.’ The show he appeared on focused on various television series that highlighted trends in cosmetic surgery. Since he was booked as a guest commentator on the subject of medical television, not in his capacity as a surgeon, and since we did not promote him as a cosmetic surgeon, there was no reason to do a background check on him. We have removed all references to him from our website."
But on the show, an audience member says she’s interested in getting several procedures done. Oprah, who is sitting next to Dr. Adams, says, "Let me see if I can hook you up." Oprah then leans into Dr. Adams and says, "We may know somebody."
Page Six reports:
Last year, Keifer Bonvillain was hit with a federal extortion charge after he allegedly tried to sell Winfrey audiotapes for $1.5 million of a high-ranking Harpo employee bad-mouthing her. But the charge didn’t hold up in an Illinois court.
Now Bonvillain, 37, who touts himself as a Louisiana-born "civil-rights activist," has launched a Web site in a bid to get a publisher for his exposÃ©, titled "Ruthless."
His breathless pitch reads: "An office manager at Harpo broke his silence and his confidentiality agreement when he spoke freely about Oprah Winfrey’s private life and business affairs. Keifer Bonvillain underestimated one of the world’s most powerful women when he, armed with clandestinely recorded tapes, decided to write a ’tell-all’ book unmasking the famed celebrity. Within days of Harpo learning about the book, two men were attempting to break into Keifer’s home – presumably to get the tapes. Oprah was desperate to keep the truth from being revealed . . . The fallout was Keifer’s highly publicized arrest."
Bonvillain vows to disclose that Harpo may have been involved in "blatant discrimination . . . This CEO not only knows about these practices . . . she condones them . . . Hours of taped conversations . . . reveal what they don’t want the public to know about [Oprah’s] private life, and a business that prides itself on its diversity."
Winfrey’s reps at Harpo did not return our calls placed over two days, with a message saying the staff was off for the holiday. Bonvillain did not respond to our e-mail.
Oprah Winfrey paid a secret visit Sunday to her elite Leadership Academy Girls School in South Africa, which has been embroiled with abuse allegations after a 12-year-old pupil aired claims of misconduct.
"The meeting went well. It took about two hours, and I appreciate that Oprah took time to listen," the girl’s father told PEOPLE exclusively. The session with Winfrey included him, his wife and their daughter. "Oprah looked beautiful and was so easy to talk to. It went very smoothly."
The girl had left the school complaining about incidents involving the school’s staff, but her claims did not result in charges against the dorm matron.
Until now, no contact had been made, and the family had not been not invited to an emergency meeting in October, at which Winfrey apologized.
"I am very happy and pleased that Oprah heard our side of the story," added the father, whose name is not being revealed. "We have closure."