Oprah Winfrey provided further detail on her interview with Lance Armstrong, stating that he did not come clean in a way she was expecting.
Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey won't air until Thursday night, but many of the key details about it emerged Monday night shortly after it was conducted. It was reported that Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in the interview, and now Oprah is providing more details on their discussion.
Winfrey appeared on CBS "This Morning" to talk about the encounter with Armstrong, and she said the admission came in a form that was "surprising" to her, stating, "He did not come clean in the manner that I expected." Oprah added (via NBCSports):
"I feel that he answered the questions in a way that he was ready," Winfrey said. "I choose not to characterize. I would rather people make their own decisions about whether he was contrite or not."
It's not totally surprising that Armstrong would be prepared or ready, given the obvious topics that he knew would be covered. It was reported that Armstrong was accompanied by two of his attorneys and his agent at the taping of the interview.
Oprah indicated that she and her team were both riveted and mesmerized during the interview, saying that he "certainly had prepared himself for this moment" and that he "met the moment." The interview will now be aired on two nights, with the first part on Thursday evening on the OWN network.
For more on Lance Armstrong and all of cycling, visit Podium Cafe.