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With all the attention Oprah Winfrey’s interview with cyclist Lance Armstrong is getting, her OWN cable network has decided to split the interview over two nights. Winfrey also talked about her lengthy interview on CBS This Morning Tuesday.
News that Armstrong admits to using banned performance enhancing drugs during the interview broke last night, when a source told The Associated Press. Earlier in the month, sources told the New York Times that he was ready to admit to doping to the US Anti-Doping Agency.
OWN, which has taken advantage of Winfrey’s interviews with high-profile celebrities in the past, said in a press release that Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive will now air over two nights. The first part will air on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 9 p.m., with the second airing on Friday, Jan. 18 at 9 p.m.
Winfrey admitted that Armstrong’s approach surprised her. “We were mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers,” she said.
Winfrey explained that she will leave it up to the viewers to decide if he was contrite. “I feel that he answered the questions in a way that he was ready...I choose not to characterize. I would rather people make their own decisions about whether he was contrite or not,” she explained.
Winfrey’s interview lasted two and a half hours and took place on Monday.
Armstrong was stripped of his record seven Tour De France titles this past fall after the USADA released a damaging report that included testimony about doping within the U.S. Postal Service cycling team led by Armstrong.