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

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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.



Comments (32)

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

    Comment by Joe – January 15, 2013 08:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!

      Comment by TheFactsR – January 15, 2013 09:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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

        Comment by Joe – January 15, 2013 10:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Irena – January 15, 2013 08:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by TheFactsR – January 15, 2013 09:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!

      Comment by TV Gord – January 15, 2013 01:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by april-ann – January 15, 2013 09:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!

      Comment by TheFactsR – January 15, 2013 09:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Jared – January 15, 2013 09:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by april-ann – January 15, 2013 12:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • HOW QUICKLY YOU are to join the witch hunt, you haven’t even heard the interview yet and your headliner says confessional!!

    Comment by TheFactsR – January 15, 2013 09:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The Facts R…. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-400_162-57563952/lance-armstrong-admits-doping-to-oprah/

      Comment by lauren – January 15, 2013 09:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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!

        Comment by TheFactsR – January 15, 2013 09:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Stedmen is that u ?

          Comment by Joe – January 15, 2013 10:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by TigerNightmare – January 15, 2013 12:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What exactly has Lance Armstrong admitted to? What? How? When? Where? Who did? Those guys or Lance Armstrong?

    Comment by TheFactsR – January 15, 2013 09:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oprah HAS NOT nor has anyone else SAID Lance Armstrong interview statement was “I doped and now I am sorry”

    Comment by TheFactsR – January 15, 2013 09:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Dave – January 15, 2013 09:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by John – January 15, 2013 09:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The tests did catch him in 1999, but no action was taken

      Comment by cuius – January 20, 2013 03:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by britney – January 15, 2013 10:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And yet Landis, Contador, Basso, Ulrich, Merkx etc. all were caught with positive test results…..

      Comment by John – January 15, 2013 11:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TheFactsR do u work for Oprah or Armstrong ? Because ur way to fired up to care this much over all our comments

    Comment by Joe – January 15, 2013 10:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Shy – January 15, 2013 10:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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

      Comment by Alan – January 15, 2013 11:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by cjeffery7 – January 15, 2013 11:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by John – January 15, 2013 11:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Reblogged this on Ein zweiter Blick … and commented:
    Not sure what to think about this one.

    Comment by tina – January 15, 2013 12:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well, gee…thanks for sharing that explosive comment!

      Comment by TV Gord – January 15, 2013 01:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by ron smith – January 19, 2013 02:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am confident We have check this out same sort of assertion elsewhere, it needs to be gaining interest using the masses.

    Comment by health – April 8, 2013 07:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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