Lance Armstrong's Confessional Interview with Oprah Winfrey Expands to Two Nights

1 14 2012-ONC-Lance ArmstrongOprah Winfrey‘s much buzzed-about interview with alleged doper and world-class cyclist Lance Armstrong is now a two-night event.

“Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive” – a special episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter — now will air Thursday at 9/8c and Friday at 9 pm on the Oprah Winfrey Network. (The cyclist’s interview originally was scheduled for Thursday only.)

Sources briefed on the interview told The New York Times Monday that seven-time Tour de France winner Armstrong did indeed admit to using performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career.

Winfrey taped the discussion Monday in Austin, Texas, where Armstrong lives. “Just wrapped with @lancearmstrong More than 2 ½ hours. He came READY!” she tweeted afterward.

Winfrey’s talk with the athlete is his first since the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, in light of a report that accused him of doping throughout his career, gave him a lifetime ban on competing professionally. Not long after, he resigned as chairman of his Livestrong cancer foundation.

Winfrey appeared on CBS This Morning Tuesday to preview the broadcasts and said she was “mesmerized and riveted” by what her subject had to say, but stopped short of giving away too much. “I would rather people make their own discussions about whether he was contrite or not,” she said.

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  1. Joe says:

    2 nights? Damn Oprah you are desperate for ratings …..

    • TheFactsR says:

      Narrow minded are you! NO she is trying to give a in depth interview and the information was so interesting and abundant it will take two nights now instead of one!

      • Joe says:

        NO , she is trying to milk a story for ratings because her network is tanking , idon’t give me the crap about Interesting and abundant and if Armstrong can get Oprah to forgive him he has got it made

  2. Irena says:

    Talk about pimping the “news.” Talk about manipulating the media. It’s not bad enough that Lance Armstrong lied and lied and LIED…now he wants the “sympathy” female audience. Worse, Oprah uses this for ratings. Was an Oprah fan for years until she started filling OWN with some of the worst programming ever (and by worse I mean not in line with her “brand” not to mention her personal beliefs).

    Why do we as a society give time to cheats (and people KNEW this for years about him but society wasn in denial about a “hero”) like him? Really. Bet he has some sob story going. If he wanted to take responsibility, he would have just come forward a long time ago.

    Fakes. Cheats. Liars. This is what society calls a “hero”? Ugh.

    • TheFactsR says:

      Good so now you are free from watching the interview, freed up two of your nights of watching. How will you ever fill you empty life for those two days honey.

    • TV Gord says:

      I think this one is going to get more than a “female audience”. I want to see his demeanor and his level of sincerity. What bothers me most about him are the accusations that he ruined people’s lives (former friends and colleagues) to keep his lies covered up. I want to see how he responds to those questions. I couldn’t NOT watch this one!

  3. april-ann says:

    Turning it into two nights just ruined it for me. I can just hear the sensational sound bites each and every time they go to commercial, which will be so often people will forget what they were watching once they click to something else. I was torn between watching this and a doc from the servants of the royals. Not torn anymore!

    • TheFactsR says:

      Good sounds as tough your mind was already made up anyway! You can not possibly form an educated opinion when you haven’t heard the interview yet! So one sided!

    • Jared says:

      How does it ruin it for you? That makes absolutely no sense!?

      They spoke for almost 2 1/2 hours, and a 90 minute TV airing equals out to only 65 minutes of footage due to commercials. She’s simply not cutting out any of the conversation that they had.

      • april-ann says:

        I explained why carrying it out over two nights ruined it for me. And to me, it makes sense. And oh yes, of course she is, how very naive it would be to think she’s not.

  4. TheFactsR says:

    HOW QUICKLY YOU are to join the witch hunt, you haven’t even heard the interview yet and your headliner says confessional!!

      • TheFactsR says:

        I watched the cbs statement by Oprah she never said he admitted it! Even if he did, but I don’t believe he did, Oprah would NOT say that because she’s waiting on ratings, if she already admitted he doped who would watch! BLAH BLAH BLAH! Stupid people rush to judgement!

    • There’s a New York Times article linked in the part of this one where it mentions that he did make the admission. This is a very unusual doping scandal, though. It’s not pills or drugs you can simply inject and swallow, he had his fricken blood drained and it was mixed with some chemical or organic compounds (I really don’t know the details) and pumped back into his body. So for all we know, it was some kind of new age health treatment that gives the best possible absorption of B vitamins. Still, at this point, everyone is skeptical, whichever side you happen to be on. It’s easy to see it as an unfair advantage if him and his team were the only ones doing it, even if what they did wasn’t officially banned from the races. A lot of people work their butts off without any drugs or special blood treatments just to lose.

  5. TheFactsR says:

    What exactly has Lance Armstrong admitted to? What? How? When? Where? Who did? Those guys or Lance Armstrong?

  6. TheFactsR says:

    Oprah HAS NOT nor has anyone else SAID Lance Armstrong interview statement was “I doped and now I am sorry”

  7. Dave says:

    As i aint American and cant really say but is Lance the biggest cheat in American sporting history ? I mean it looks like his entire careerer was based on cheating.

  8. John says:

    Interesting the tests never caught him. They caught Merkx (yes, Merkx), Landis, Contador, Basso, Ulrich and a host of others large and small. That’s, for me, the more intriguing story alongside the Tour not even bothering to award those 7 titles.

  9. britney says:

    I think Lance should keep those 7 titles n all the awards n accolades just because he passed several 100 blood tests never failing! Hahaha makes me wonder if he was just a victim in this whole debacle

  10. Joe says:

    TheFactsR do u work for Oprah or Armstrong ? Because ur way to fired up to care this much over all our comments

  11. Shy says:

    Why? Who wants to listen to Lance for 2 hours in 2 days? People only want to hear Did he or Not. It will be a lot easier to read about it in news sites. And then watch some 2 minutes clip, Then spent 2 hours, waiting for the moment when he will admit.

    • Alan says:

      never mind who wants to listen to lance, who wants to listen to oprah for that long? but yeah like you said i think ill wait till the day after to get the 2 seconds of information everyone actually wants to know

  12. cjeffery7 says:

    we’re all kidding ourselves if we think he’s innocent, right? here’s to hoping he admits to some form of wrong-doing and shows some honest remorse. and hopefully it’s a good enough conversation, which i can imagine it probably was, enough to merit 2 hours of television that are sure to grab high ratings.

  13. John says:

    This is the opening chapter of Lance’s tell all book which will blow the doors off cycling. Odds are.

    Like he’s got anything to lose right now in outing everyone and everything that’s turned against him? What they’ll take away his titles?

    No doubt a, revenge is best served cold, fan.

  14. tina says:

    Reblogged this on Ein zweiter Blick … and commented:
    Not sure what to think about this one.

  15. ron smith says:

    He was a hero to thousands of cycling fans all over the world. The French press repeatedly doubted that anyone could do what he did, and they were proved right. In the U K we have a scandal of similar proportions about Sir Jimmy Saville.. He was a paedophile for forty years, and got away with it. Because like Armstrong he bullied people, and no one wanted to believe the truth.

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