Oprah Winfrey's interview with cyclist Lance Armstrong, in which the seven-time Tour de France winner confesses to using performance-enhancing drugs, was not the intense emotional bloodletting the OWN host was expecting.
On "CBS This Morning," Winfrey said Armstrong "did not come clean in the manner I had expected, adding that her production team was "mesmerized and riveted" by some of his answers.
"I think the most important questions and answers that people around the world have been waiting to hear were answered," she said.
The two-and-a-half hour interview — extended over two days, to be broadcast on Thursday and Friday — took place in Austin, Texas. Winfrey said she had 112 questions prepared.
"I felt that he was thoughtful. I thought that he was serious. I would say that he met the moment," she said, adding that "we both were pretty exhausted" after the interview.
On Monday, Lance Armstrong apologized to the staffers of his former cancer charity Livestrong Foundation. While the disgraced bicyclist stopped short of openly admitting his use of banned substances during his Livestrong visit, he did apologize for endangering the organization and disappointing its staffers, a source told the AP.
Armstrong, a survivor of testicular cancer, founded Livestrong as the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 1997, but stepped down as chairman and board member last year, after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency stripped the cyclist of his Tour de France wins and banned him from competition for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs.
The cycling legend has denied the allegations, but did not contest the USADA's decision. A source told the AP that Armstrong will admit to doping in the interview, his first since being stripped of his titles and banned from the sport.