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Oprah can ask Lance anything

2013-01-09 19:59

Washington - No question will be off-limits when Lance Armstrong sits down with Oprah Winfrey for a pre-recorded interview to air next week, a spokesperson for the talk show diva's network said on Wednesday.

"Armstrong has no editorial control and no question is off-limits," Nicole Nichols of Winfrey's OWN cable TV network told AFP in an e-mail, adding that the disgraced cyclist is getting no payment for the interview.

Nichols also said the 90-minute interview at Armstrong's home in Austin, Texas - to be aired January 17 on the OWN network and online worldwide - "is not live."

Asked when it would be recorded, she replied: "We are not confirming any further details. Thanks."

It will be Armstrong's first interview since he was stripped of his Tour de France titles after the US Anti-Doping Agency said he helped orchestrate the most sophisticated doping program in cycling history.

Last week, The New York Times reported that Armstrong, 41, was considering publicly admitting that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs, in an apparent bid to return to competitive sport in marathons and triathlons.

On her Twitter feed on Tuesday, Winfrey said: "Looking forward to this conversation with @lancearmstrong". Armstrong re-tweeeted that message on his own Twitter account.

AP

Comments
  • she.is.here.777 - 2013-01-09 20:04

    Can't wait!!!

      werner.nel.984786 - 2013-01-12 10:17

      Sad truth is this is a publicity stunt by Lance. He should be "confessing" to the UCI and/or USADA, NOT Oprah

  • Eterni80 - 2013-01-09 20:21

    this should be interesting.. I'm not a fan - but nothing will erase the good he's done..

  • dwala.emaweni - 2013-01-09 20:34

    ...and a lot of us thought h was going to get paid big-time for this interview. Man, this is so good. Cant wait...

  • john.porter.92102 - 2013-01-09 21:18

    Sure - Oprah can ask Armstrong anything, but who says he'll answer honestly? The man has lied, cheated, bullied and doped his way to the top and back again. He's fundamentally a cheat. Who gives a s**t about this stupid interview. He's only doing it for selfish reasons - testing the waters to see if he'll be allowed back into competitive sport. He's a disgrace to sportsmen the world over.

      pagel.trivia - 2013-01-09 22:18

      Most of the others of his generation (the names you know at least) are cheats as well. I am holding my breath for the witch hunt to be released on them as well - don't understand why it hasn't started yet? Oh wait, my wife just whispered in my ear it is because he is famous that they went after him ... no, can't be, those investigators have got way to much integrity for that.

      Kevin - 2013-01-10 06:06

      John - you have facts to support your view on LA - or is it based on what you have read so far in the media..?

  • patrick.masseyhicks - 2013-01-09 21:47

    And during oprah's armstrong interview, she will tell everyone to look under their chairs, and there will be a bag of somebody else's urine

  • brendan.vanderpluym - 2013-01-10 06:31

    It's not live. So what I see here is, 'we can ask him anything, but we possibly won't SHOW everything'. Oh well. Still, will be interesting enough. The guy's still a human being. No he shouldn't compete, and is a cheat, but ya imo let it be, I don't think anyone is in a position to (want to) crucify him...

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