With her two and a half hour gabfest with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong in the can, Oprah Winfrey discussed the interview on CBS This Morning Tuesday. The Queen of Talk covered so much ground during the tense, “no holds barred” talks that she plans to present it in two shows.
“Emotional doesn’t begin to describe the intensity or difficulty (for Armstrong) in talking about these things. All these people wondering if he goes there and answers things…I think you will come away, too, that he brought it. He really did.”
Last November, cycling’s governing body stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and slapped the acclaimed athlete with a lifetime ban from the sport. The historic move came on the heels of years of whispers and a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which accused Armstrong of leading a massive doping program on his teams. The decision cleared the way for Tour de France organizers to officially remove Armstrong’s name from the record books, effectively erasing his consecutive victories between 1999 and 2005.
During the interview, conducted in Armstrong’s Austin, Texas home, the shamed athlete finally confessed that he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout his once celebrated championship career. Though O says Lance didn’t come clean in quite “the manner I expected.”
“It was surprising to me…for myself, my team, all of us in the room, we were mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers.”
Oprah’s interview with Armstrong will now air over two nights. The special episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter will air Thursday, Jan. 17 from 9-10:30 p.m. ET/PT and Friday, Jan. 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Both segments will be simultaneously streamed LIVE via Oprah.com.