The interview, which was filmed Monday, will air in two separate segments on Winfrey’s network (beginning on Thursday).
Although Armstrong had already been found guilty and stripped of his Tour de France victories, the confession still caught many by surprise. This coming after years of denying any use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Winfrey said that Armstrong was “forthcoming” throughout the interview and that while he “did not come clean in the manner that I expected,” she did say she was “satisfied by his answers.”
Along with being stripped of his Tour de France victories, the World Anti-Doping Agency banned him for life from sports. The WADA said that a confession under oath would be needed to reduce Armstrong’s lifetime ban.
With news of this interview circulating, the WADA said it “read with interest media reports suggesting a television ‘confession’ made by Lance Armstrong”.
While he no longer cycles, this reduction of his lifetime ban would be beneficial to Armstrong because he would like to compete in recognized Triathlon events.
The interview, which took place at a nearby hotel, was originally meant to take place in Armstrong’s Austin, TX home.