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CBS News chairman Jeff Fager told reporters Saturday at the Television Critics Association press tour that he “badly” wanted the first interview with Lance Armstrong since the cyclist was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. But Armstrong chose to sit down with Oprah Winfrey instead. Well, the news division will get a first bite of that interview when Winfrey appears live Tuesday on CBS This Morning.
Her full interview with Armstrong will air Jan. 17 on OWN.
Winfrey has appeared multiple times on the morning program, which is co-hosted by her good friend Gayle King. And sources at CBS News say that King “pushed very hard” to get Winfrey on the show.
Winfrey’s interview with Armstrong took place Monday at the cyclist’s home in Austin. In it, he is expected to finally admit that he used banned substances while racking up seven consecutive Tour de France wins.
CBS’ 60 Minutes has done multiple pieces critical of Armstrong, including correspondent Scott Pelley’s 2011 interview with teammate Tyler Hamilton that helped blow the lid off the investigation into doping by Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Service team. And the premiere of the newsmagazine’s Showtime edition 60 Minutes Sports on Jan. 9 included a piece about Armstrong’s attempt in 2004 to donate $250,000 to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the same body that found Armstrong had used banned substances causing him to be stripped of his Tour de France titles and be banned for life from competitive cycling.
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