Posted by Editor on 01/8/13
Oprah Winfrey, the U.S. talk show host, has announced on her website that she will be interviewing disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong on her show Oprah's Next Chapter on Thursday, January 17th. The interview is scheduled for 9:00 pm Eastern on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network This will be the first interview that Armstrong has given since being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.
On Winfrey's website oprah.com, the announcement reads:
Oprah Winfrey will speak exclusively with Lance Armstrong in his first no-holds-barred interview. Armstrong will address the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating, and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied cycling career.
In the interview, Winfrey speaks with Armstrong at his home in Austin, Texas in the only interview since the seven-time Tour de France winner was stripped of his titles and dropped from millions of dollars in endorsement deals after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released an extensive report accusing the renown cyclist of doping throughout his career. Armstrong was given a lifetime ban on competing professionally. Late last year, Armstrong resigned as chairman of the foundation he created, Livestrong, which has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the fight against cancer.
The interview will be simultaneously streamed LIVE worldwide on Oprah.com.
Armstrong made news this week after the New York Times published an article alleging that Armstrong has been considering admitting to doping in return for a possible reduction to his life ban on competition. Winfrey has hosted a number of 'confessional' interviews in the past, and can be considered a sympathetic interviewer.
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