One person’s shame and ridicule is another person’s ratings gold!
A whopping 4.3 million viewers tuned in to last night’s Oprah’s Next Chapter to watch Oprah Winfrey grill Lance Armstrong about his alleged doping scandal, making it the highest rated weekday telecast in OWN history. And that was only part one!
Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive had the cyclist admitting to doping to win races starting in the mid ’90s. “I viewed [taking drugs] as very simple—oxygen-boosting drugs that were incredibly beneficial for performance sports. And that’s all you needed. My cocktail was only EPO—not a lot, transfusions and testosterone.”
When asked why he didn’t come clean sooner, Armstrong simply said: “I don’t know if I have a great answer. I will start my answer by saying this is too late…and that’s my fault. I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated many times.”
Part two (airing tonight on OWN) will feature more conversations between Oprah and Armstrong about his past use of performance-enhancement drugs and probably more kind-of-saying-sorry but not really.
Is Lance Armstrong about to confess to Oprah Winfrey?
A few days after the New York Times reported that the disgraced cyclist, 41, was mulling a public admission regarding his suspected use of performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions, Winfrey has landed an exclusive, “no-holds-barred interview,” Winfrey’s site announced Tuesday Jan. 8.
In the Jan. 17 episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter, taped at the athlete’s home in Austin, Tex., Armstrong “will address the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating, and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied cycling career,” the site reveals.
It’s the first interview for Armstrong since he was stripped of all of his Tour de France winner titles and lucrative endorsements and banned for life from cycling by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Armstrong has previously denied all doping charges, but the the New York Times, citing anonymous sources, has confided in colleagues about possibly confessing. The confession could mean a lifting of Armstrong’s lifetime ban.
Oprah recently had a close personal one on one conversation with pop superstar Usher. Oprah was heard saying that it was one of the best interviews that she has done on her “Next Chapter” series. “It’s good, really good.” says Oprah.
Announcing the Diamond-selling, Grammy-winning R&B singer as her next guest to appear on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” late Tuesday, Winfrey appears to have come away with a groundbreaking exclusive that answers many questions.
“He said that he would talk to me then he’s never going to talk again about his marriage, the fact his mother never came to the marriage, the fact that he has now gone through three years of a custody battle and now has primary custody of his own children,” Winfrey says in video below.
As widely reported, Usher had a turbulent summer that included an emotional breakdown in court during his custody battle with ex-wife Tameka Raymond, the death of his stepson (Tameka’s son) and garnering custody of his two boys.
According to Oprah, the “Confessions” and “Looking 4 Myself” singer will also discuss breaking down on stage in Berlin and what really made him cry during his custody case.
“He talks about everything no holds barred,” says Winfrey.
Usher joins recent “Oprah’s Next Chapter” guests including Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, Lady Gaga, Fifty Cent, Carrie Underwood and The Kardashians.