Oprah Winfrey secured the best sports interview of 2013 when she offered Lance Armstrong a shoulder to cry on, and now she is doing a full on media blitz to promote their much-ballyhooed conversation.
A day after reports surfaced that the Livestrong founder had confessed to doping while cycling, Winfrey went on CBS This Morning and offered some insight on the pair’s discussion.
While there were apparently some raw and very candid moments, Winfrey acknowledged that Armstrong "did not come clean in the manner [she] expected." What precisely that means is anyone’s guess, however, it is worth noting that multiple reports have indicated that Armstrong showed up to the taping with at least part of his legal team in tow.
Despite the fact that some answers (or confessions) weren’t delivered in the manner which Winfrey was expecting, she nevertheless came away feeling as though Armstrong had “brought it.”
"We were mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers. I feel that he answered the questions in a way that he was ready. … He certainly had prepared himself for this moment. … He brought it. He really did,” she said.
On rumors that Armstrong broke down and offered a tearful confession of all past transgressions: "I would say there were a couple of times where he was emotional," she said. "But that doesn't describe the intensity at times."
Finally, Winfrey was asked what people would make of Armstrong’s admission of guilt. Whether or not they would buy it; whether or not it seemed real to her.
"I would rather people make their own decisions about whether he was contrite or not," she said.
The interview will air on the OWN network for two nights, starting at 9 p.m. ET Thursday and continuing Friday. One way or another, it should be interesting.