Oprah Winfrey has confirmed a report to “CBS This Morning” that Lance Armstrong confessed to her during his hours-long interview that he did use performance-enhancing drugs. Armstrong is in talks about returning part of the millions of dollars that his U.S. Postal Service cycling team received. He has also indicated a willingness to testify against others.
Oprah spoke with “CBS This Morning” about the interview.
“I think the entire interview was difficult … he did not come clean in the manner I expected,” says Oprah. “It was surprising to me. I would say for us, my team, we were mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers.”
“I had prepared and prepared like it was a college exam and walked into the room with 112 questions,” she continues. “And in a two-and-a-half hour interview I asked as many of those questions as I could. I feel he answered the questions in a way that he was ready. I think the most important questions and the answers that people around the world have been waiting to hear were answered. I can only say I was satisfied by the answers.”
When asked if he seemed contrite, Oprah defers.
“I choose not to characterize. I would rather people make their own decisions about whether he was trite or not. I thought that he was thoughtful, I thought that he was serious … he certainly had prepared himself for this moment,” says Oprah.
She also announced that the interview is going to run for two nights on OWN so that half of it does not have to go on the cutting room floor. The interviews will run Thursday, Jan. 17 and Friday, Jan. 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.