Winfrey announces an exclusive interview with the controversial cyclist next week. He will address doping scandal
Lance Armstrong may be about to come clean — to Oprah Winfrey.
The controversial cyclist will give his first interview since he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles to Winfrey, she announced today, and it will air Thursday, Jan. 17 on her cable network, OWN.
The announcement of the audience with Oprah comes just days after the New York Times reported that Armstrong has been talking with advisers and friends about possibly admitting to doping.
Winfrey said that Armstrong will address “the alleged doping scandal and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his cycling career.”
Armstrong has spent years battling accusations that he cheated during his racing career and covered up a complex doping program. But in October, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency made public a massive trove of documents suggesting that Armstrong’s championships were enhanced by science — and the documents were supported by testimony from a growing number of former teammates.
He’s maintained his silence and innocence since then, but lost millions in sponsorships and the charity he founded to fight cancer, Livestrong, has reportedly also suffered.
Winfrey is a veteran of making celebrities admit uncomfortable truths; James Frey and Whitney Houston are among those who have made confessions on her couch.
David Daley is the executive editor of Salon. More David Daley.
More Related Stories
- If Alex Pareene was a cable news executive...
- El Salvador court delays ruling on abortion case while woman's life hangs in the balance
- UK officials: Radical Islam behind London attack
- Pa. governor "can't find" any Latinos to work in his administration
- London machete attack could be linked to terrorism
- Conservative group blames military sexual assault on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal
- Lois Lerner, IRS disaster
- Donald Rumsfeld worried that marriage equality will lead to polygamy
- Experts: Fox News spying scandal a game-changer
- San Francisco Giant Jeremy Affeldt apologizes for homophobic past
- 9-year-old slams Rahm over Chicago schools
- Stockholm riots rage for third day
- Wall Street firm's "Golden Pitchbook" is totally sexist, full of lies
- Must-see morning clip: Toronto's eccentric and allegedly crack-smoking mayor
- Federal court strikes down Arizona abortion ban
- Jodi Arias: I deserve a second chance
- Oklahoma residents return home to pick up the pieces
- Florida man with connection to Tsarnaev killed by FBI
- FBI identifies 5 Benghazi suspects
- Here come the tornado truthers. Already
- Peace Corps to allow gay couples to volunteer together
Featured Slide Shows
The week in 10 picsclose X
- 1 of 11
Credit: AP/LM Otero
Credit: AP/Matt Rourke
Credit: AP/Jenny Aicher
Credit: AP/Molly Riley
Credit: AP/J. Scott Applewhite
Credit: AP/Carolyn Kaster
Credit: AP/Las Vegas Review-Journal/Jeff Scheid
Credit: AP/NASA/Chris Hadfield
Credit: AP/Jacquelyn Martin
Credit: AP/The Duluth News-Tribune/Clint Austin
Recent Slide Shows
- 1 of 11