What Oprah said following her Lance Armstrong interview

Oprah Winfrey has addressed the reports that Lance Armstrong confessed to doping during the pair’s interview this week.

There were a number of reports that claimed the disgraced cyclist had admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs during his seven Tour de France wins but none were confirmed.

Winfrey has since said that Armstrong was “forthcoming” when she asked him about the doping charges.

She said that she hadn’t planned to address the interview until after it had aired on January 17 (US time) but was forced to today following the number of reports.

“I would say he did not come clean in the manner that I expected,” she told CBS, “It was surprising to me. I would say that for myself, my team, all of us in the room, we were mesmerised and riveted by some of his answers.”

Winfrey said there had been an agreement that nobody involved in the interview would talk about it yet.

“By the time I left Austin [Texas] and landed in Chicago, you all had already confirmed it. So I’m like – how did you all do that? We all agreed that we weren’t going to say anything.

“So I’m sitting here now because it’s already been confirmed,” she added.

The interview was originally scheduled to air in one 90-minute block on Thursday night but the Oprah Winfrey Network will now stretch it out to air over two nights due to the amount of material.

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