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Herman's lawyers have advised him to not speak publicly at this time, but he released a statement through his agent.

The statement reads: "To all who supported and believed me and this story, I'm sorry for all I caused you and everybody else in the world."

Mark says Herman first shared this story with the New York Post in hopes of winning a dinner for two and tickets to a Broadway show. When he won and the story spread, Herman and his wife began making television appearances and landed a book deal. "That's what happens with lies—it just gets bigger and bigger," Oprah says.

"You have to be very careful in certain parts of history and certainly the Holocaust," Ali says. "It's so important historically to keep all the stories that have come out pure and accurate."