The cycling champion, who was stripped of all his accolades for doping, has never publicly admitted to using performance enhancement drugs—until now.
According to an anonymous source, the cancer survivor will open up on an episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter, which will be taped at his home in Austin, Texas.
For while Armstrong is no longer the hero of old, Oprah isn’t the same old Oprah, either.
The interview, to be conducted Monday, won’t take place on Oprah’s old blockbuster show, but on her little-watched cable channel. It’s part of a 90-minute special airing Thursday that could help Winfrey reclaim a bit of the limelight that faded when she gave up her throne as America’s talk show queen to build her cable brand.
Armstrong initially denied allegations that he used drugs, until mounting evidence compiled by a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, proved the theory. He has not ever responded to the USADA report.
Potentially admitting to his wrongdoings could save what’s left of the 41-year-old’s reputation which has taken a hit since the report findings were released, last fall. He was ordered to return all of his metals, prize money and other winnings.
**UPDATE: A source revealed to the Associated Press that Armstrong in fact admitted to the doping allegations while taping with Oprah Winfrey earlier today.
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