It’s a question that has lingered in the sports world for years: Did Lance Armstrong dope?
Well, now—thanks to the efforts of Oprah Winfrey—the record is being set straight. In a special two-night segment set to air on the television empress’ OWN network on Thursday, the cycling icon turned chump will reportedly admit to using performance-enhancing drugs during the Tour de France once and for all.
The interview took place in Austin, Texas on Monday following a teary apology address to his Livestrong cancer charity.
Shortly after CBS News confirmed that Armstrong does, in fact, make the admission in the worldwide exclusive. This breaking news arrives despite Oprah and Armstrong’s agreement to keep quiet until their interview hit airwaves later this week.
Oprah appeared on a Tuesday episode of “CBS This Morning” to confirm that the news outlet had their story correct.
She told the a.m. audience, “by the time I left Austin and landed in Chicago you all had already confirmed it.”
In addition to blowing the suspense leading up to the big event that has been hyped since before the interview even happened, Oprah described the extended sit-down to CBS as, “the biggest interview I've ever done,” adding that she “was satisfied” and “riveted by some of his answers.”
A big claim for a woman who’s made a career out of getting high profile individuals to speak candidly about touchy subjects on camera…
Adding a little mystery, Oprah said, “I would say he didn't come clean in the manner I expected.”
As we previously reported, Lance was stripped of his Tour de France titles when he released his, “enough is enough” statement on the Livestrong website after long denying the doping charges.
In the wake of that development, Lance stepped down as chairman of the brand and the cycling sponsors around him started dropping like flies.
Oprah’s interview with the disgraced cyclist airs Thursday, January 17 at 9 p.m. on OWN.