Will Lance Armstrong ask for forgiveness or just try to fabricate more lies when Oprah Winfrey interviews the former seven-time Tour de France cycling champion?
According to an announcement that went up on Oprah Winfrey’s web site Tuesday evening, Armstrong has agreed to speak to her in “his first no-holds-barred interview” since his athletic career and reputation crumbled.
There should be loads of tears, as Oprah is certain to question the former biker on doping charges, years of cheating and lying, and his use of performance-enhancing drugs during his racing career.
The 90-minute special will air on the Thursday night episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter, Jan. 17, 9 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. In addition-the interview will be simultaneously streamed LIVE worldwide on Oprah.com. Winfrey will speak with Armstrong at his home in Austin.
This should be even bigger than the taped 2006 James Frey show that stunned audiences when Winfrey confronted the author about his best-selling book, A Million Little Pieces, which he said was autobiographical, but was actually largely fiction.
Also, a press release from Showtime announced that Armstrong once offered a “donation” to the same agency that recently concluded he and his team had used illegal substances, causing him to be stripped of his seven Tour de France wins.
CEO Travis Tygart of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency will discuss this in an interview with Scott Pelly on the premiere episode of 60 Minutes Sports, airing Wed., Jan. 9 at 10 p.m. on Showtime.