Lance Armstrong's rise and fall
January 15th, 2013
09:34 AM ET

Oprah: Armstrong 'did not come clean in the manner that I expected'

[Updated at 9:34 a.m. ET] Sometimes news travels faster than an airplane.

Media reports began swirling immediately after Lance Armstrong’s interview Monday with Oprah Winfrey that he admitted for the first time to using banned substances.

Those details came despite an agreement between Armstrong’s camp and Winfrey that they would not leak any details of the interview, she told CBS on Tuesday.

But it didn’t last for long.

"By the time I left Austin [Texas] and landed in Chicago, you all had already confirmed it," Winfrey told CBS, seemingly referring to the media. "So I'm sitting here now because it's already been confirmed.”

While Winfrey characterized the nature of the interview, she was not specific in the words Armstrong used or what specific admission he made.

Winfrey said Armstrong "did not come clean in the manner that I expected."

She said he "was ready" and "met the moment."

"We were mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers," Winfrey said.

The interview lasted two and a half hours and will air across two nights on her network, OWN, and will be streamed on her website, Oprah.com, she told CBS. The first part will air Thursday from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET.

You can watch Oprah's interview with CBS here.

[Posted at 8:18 a.m. ET] Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong told Oprah Winfrey in an interview that he used banned substances, she told CBS on Tuesday.

"We were mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers," Winfrey said.

Winfrey prepared 112 questions, and did not get to all of them.

Armstrong "did not come clean in the manner that I expected," Winfrey said, adding that he "was ready" and "met the moment."

The interview lasted two and a half hours and will air across two nights on her network, OWN, and will be streamed on her website, Oprah.com, she told CBS. The first part will air Thursday from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET.

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  1. TJ

    A liar, cheater and scam artist. I have NO respect for this guy anymore. NONE. Is he going to give back that supposed $100M?

    January 15, 2013 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Betty

      Well aren't you self righteous. They all freaking doped! He still beat them. Let the person who is without sin throw the first stone. I cant stand hypocrits!

      January 15, 2013 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • opasteve

      Betty,
      Stand by... James Holmes's defense team will want you on the jury.

      January 15, 2013 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • DJF616

      @ Betty – they all doped? Is that what you teach your kids – everybody CHEATS so its ok?? Explains a lot about kids in America these days.

      January 15, 2013 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • mdreader

      Betty Betty Betty,,,,,Armstrong is the hypocrite here. He is the one who profited, lied, and then was the first to throw stones at others when he was challenged, and he then still continued to lie, not the readers here.

      January 15, 2013 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Who Really Cares?

      @ DJF616 – Explains a lot about kids today? So what kids only take away that Lance Cheated? What about the 12 hours of training a day he did? Maybe they should take that aspect of it away from all of this. He may be a cheat, but he certainly wasn't lazy. But if you need a scapegoat...

      January 15, 2013 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Earl W.

      @Who Really Cares: So if I work hard for 12 hours at my job today, will it be okay if I steal a little from the cash register? Or if I study really, really hard, can I cheat a little on the exam? Or if I bring my wife flowers every day for a year, can I get a little on the side? Or is your argument that the bad things would be worse without everything to the left of the commas in the preceding three sentences?

      January 18, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Benn

    Cheaters never prosper.

    January 15, 2013 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • jojo

      seems like they do. he walked away with over $100 million

      January 15, 2013 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. DDM

    Who would waste 2 1/2 hours to watch this guy? Armstrong "did not come clean in the manner that I expected," – what would be 'expected' from this guy, Oprah? Sounds like you are easily 'mesmerized and riveted.' Yawn – I won't be watching.

    January 15, 2013 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • sad_day_for_cancer

      But millions of others will be watching so I don't think Oprah really cares what you think.

      January 15, 2013 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. massconn72

    Maybe Oprah should "rivet" herself to a chair away from all that food temptation?

    January 15, 2013 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. sad_day_for_cancer

    To all those who passionately defended him–it's ok to question your idols.

    January 15, 2013 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. opasteve

    He's the poster child for everything that's wrong with our unthinking, misguided, willingness to embrace successful athletes as role models. The loser should be made to apologize to every kid on the planet.

    January 15, 2013 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. retwqaas

    Funny no one likes or respects him yet there are othe people in sports much more famous than he in much much bigger sports who wont give a single dime to any charity at all. Or for that matter start an organisation that could possibly help and save lives. I think the good majority of people on here hating on Lance are doing so purely for self satisfaction.

    January 15, 2013 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. Betty

    Humans are the most self righteous, bigoted, chest pumping species on this earth!

    January 15, 2013 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Veronica

      They sure are. My boyfriend Archie is the worst.

      January 15, 2013 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. Al

    Oprah to back yet another wrong doer. How nice of her.

    January 15, 2013 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. Veronica

    In pretty disappointed in Lance. He should have kept denying everything. Never admit to it.

    January 15, 2013 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. irongoat81

    Disgraced as the top cyclist in the world, yes. But seriously, this sport is swamped with doping and cheating. The sport needs and deserves plenty of blame as well. And none of the other "champions" have done so much for cancer victims. Millions and millions of dollars for a very positive cause. As an athlete it's sad and i understand the anger surrounding his vehement defense. i was sad and angery to learn of the lies and deceipt as well... but really... it's just a race. this isn't OJ Simpson. it's closer to Barry Bonds i'd say... like Barry Bonds without the self centered jerky-ness and if Barry had a giant philonthropic need to help cancer victims... perspective people.... perspective.

    January 15, 2013 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. DJF616

    Instant classic – "Has been" Oprah promoting Dopestrong. There could be absolutely NOTHING riveting to come out of this pathetic show...

    January 15, 2013 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  13. Harryhorndog

    Dopestrong lives on. Peace Out.

    January 15, 2013 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  14. Majority_Opinion

    Who cares??

    January 15, 2013 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. Vlapping

    Why did he continue to Lie, Lie, Lie.....over and over.....now fessing up makes it right.????....I think not!

    January 15, 2013 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
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