Oprah Winfrey says she and her TV crew were “mesmerized and riveted” by some of Lance Armstrong’s answers during a 2 1/2-hour interview in which the cyclist acknowledged using performance-enhancing drugs.
Speaking on “CBS This Morning,” Winfrey talked about how Monday’s interview was arranged over a lunch with Armstrong in Hawaii and said he seemed ready to answer tough questions about drug use during a career in which he won seven Tour de France titles — victories now stripped from him.
Describing Armstrong’s demeanor, Winfrey says, “I felt that he was thoughtful, I thought that he was serious, I thought that he certainly had prepared for this moment. I would say that he met the moment.” She says she was “satisfied” with the answers.
Winfreyadds that no lawyers were allowed in the room during the interview and that during a break Armstrong asked if there would be a point when the questions would lighten up.