Oprah Winfrey confirmed that disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong did confess to doping during his Tour de France days but told the CBS morning show that he did "not come clean in the manner I expected."
Oprah told CBS This Morning that Armstrong seemed "prepared" and she did not have to drag the truth out of him as she had expected.
"I would say that for myself, my team, all of us in the room, we were mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers. I had prepared. I read the Reasoned Decision; I watched all of Scott Pelly's reports, 60 Minutes reports. I seen the Tyler Hamilton interview. I read Seven Deadly Sins; I read L.A. Confidential - David Walsh's books. I had prepared and prepared like it was a college exam and walked into the room with 112 questions. And in a two-and-a-half-hour interview, I asked most of those questions or at least, as many of those questions as I could, but I feel that he answered questions in a way that he was ready."
Oprah refused to speculate whether or not Armstong appeared truly contrite, but said he was "serious" and seemed as though "he had prepared himself for this moment." She summed, "I can only say I was satisfied by answers."
Oprah announced that she would air the interview in its totality in an OWN two-night special on Thursday, January 17, and Friday, January 18. The interview will also be streamed live worldwide on her website.
Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive — First Look
Cyclist Lance Armstrong speaks exclusively with Oprah in his first interview since he was stripped of his Tour de France titles. He addresses the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating and the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career.