For over a decade, Lance Armstrong vehemently denied to using performance enhancing drugs during his cycling career. Now he has finally come forward to the truth in an interview with Oprah Winfrey set to air on her OWN network. There had been much speculation about what their interview would entail, ABC News and USA Today are confirming, citing some unnamed sources, that Armstrong let the cat out of the bag on Monday for the taped interview.
An anonymous person familiar with the situation didn’t discuss specifics of what Armstrong said, but reported to CNN that he was emotional at times throughout the conversation. Armstrong sent a text to the Associated Press early Saturday morning saying: “I told her (Winfrey) to go wherever she wants and I’ll answer the questions directly, honestly, candidly. That’s all I can say.” And we’re sure she did.
The taping session began around 2 p.m. in Austin, Texas, after they finished Oprah tweeted, “Just wrapped with @lancearmstrong More than 2 1/2 hours . He came READY!” She is scheduled to appear on ‘CBS This Morning’ on Tuesday to discuss the interview, which as she has said will be edited down to 90 minutes.
The disgraced cyclist gathered with about 100 Livestrong Foundation staffers at their Austin headquarters for a meeting where he issued a “sincere and heartfelt apology.” “It generated lots of tears,” spokeswoman Katherine McLane said, adding that he “took responsibility” for the trouble he has caused the foundation. He was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from the sport for life by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in October 2012. A government source tells ABC News that Armstrong is now talking with authorities about paying back some of the US Postal Service money from sponsoring his team. He is also talking to authorities about confessing and naming names, giving up others involved in illegal doping. Well, I guess now is as good a time as ever to start snitching.
The “no-holds-barred” interview will air Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on OWN. This is going to cut into ‘Scandal’ . so I”ll catch the first hour of it.
Will you be watching Lance squirm and cry?