Hype spurs interest in Armstrong
Possibly tonight – but given the nature of television more likely Friday evening – Americans and others around the world will hear whether cyclist Lance Armstrong admits to doping and to what extent.
Since Armstrong sat down with Oprah Winfrey on Monday for a 2-hour interview, reports have swirled that the now-disgraced cyclist will come clean and admit his use of performance-enhancing drugs as part of his seven Tour de France victories.
The interview will air at 9 p.m. today and Friday on the OWN network.
He was stripped of the wins and banned from competition after a scathing report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency alleged Armstrong was a ringleader in doping on his cycling team.
Armstrong previously has vehemently denied taking performance-enhancement substances during his cycling career.
All of the hype about the interview is growing interest in what the cancer survivor will tell Winfrey. Anonymous sources have told some media outlets that Armstrong confessed to doping, but details are being kept under wraps by confidentiality agreements.
How far the supposed confession goes will be interesting, as will how far Winfrey presses for details. Winfrey has been coy, telling people she believed Armstrong was prepared and thoughtful in the interview.
The lack of details and the hype are sure to garner Oprah’s network top ratings. And because the interview has been stretched from one to two nights, viewers shouldn’t be surprised if the juiciest morsels aren’t held until Friday.
Winfrey wants a two-night ratings extravaganza, and holding back will capture viewers for a second night.
At this point, the lack of details on what was said makes it impossible to assess whether Armstrong truly admits to doping as a professional cyclist or not.
The only sure thing is lots of people will be intently watching these next two nights to find out.