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OPRAH: ARMSTRONG WAS “THE BIGGEST INTERVIEW I HAVE EVER DONE”

January 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

“In terms of my career, this is certainly the biggest interview I have ever done in terms of exposure,” Oprah Winfrey said of her upcoming interview with disgraced champion bicyclist Lance Armstrong. It was not clear what she meant by “exposure.” The interview, to be broadcast in two segments on Oprah’s OWN cable network at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, will not have access to the same number of viewers that her ABC specials or even her syndicated daytime television show did. But she may have been referring to the exposure of Armstrong as a juiced-up cheat and the mechanisms that allowed him to evade detection. Appearing on CBS This Morning, Winfrey said that for Armstrong, “‘Emotional’ doesn’t begin to describe the intensity or difficulty in talking about these things.” However, she said, “He certainly had prepared himself for this moment. I would say he met the moment.” Winfrey remarked that she, too, had prepared, ticking off the titles of some of her research material and saying that she went into the interview with 112 questions and was able to ask most of them. “I was satisfied by the answers,” she said. She remarked that she had gone into the interview “prepared to have to dig and pull,” but that she never had to do that “because he was pretty forthcoming.” Some of his replies, she indicated, were unexpected. “He did not come clean in the manner that I expected.” She did not explain but said during another part of the CBS interview, “I can only say I was satisfied by the answers.”