Oprah Winfrey will interview cyclist Lance Armstrong on her primetime series, "Oprah's Next Chapter" on Jan. 17, her network announced on Tuesday. The announcement raised speculation that Armstrong make a confession about the doping use allegations which have swirled around him for years.
Rumors that Armstrong was mulling over such a confession arose last weekend. His lawyer, Tim Herman, denied the claims of an impending confession Saturday, saying he has no knowledge that Armstrong was thinking about a confession.
"Oprah's Next Chapter" is the primetime series on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The 90-minute interview will be conducted at Armstong's home in Austin, Texas. It will be his first such interview since U.S. and global officials stripped him of his world cycling titles in response to doping allegations, including a 200-page USADA (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) report on Oct. 10 which was said to be an extensive, wide-ranging investigation into the issue.
The press release issued by OWN said:
Oprah Winfrey will speak exclusively with Lance Armstrong in his first no-holds-barred interview. 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 interview is expecting to draw high ratings for "Oprah's Next Chapter." The interview will air at 9 p.m. on Jan. 17 on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
In addition to being broadcast on OWN, the interview will also be streamed live -- simultaneously -- on Oprah.com.