Alas, the much-publicized Oprah Winfrey interview with beleaguered cyclist Lance Armstrong is upon us. (Isn't this the sort of thing Twitter lives for?) Landing the seven-time Tour de France winner is a big coup for Winfrey and it will be the first time fans actually hear from him since his doping scandal went nuclear back in October.
The show airs in two parts on Oprah's Next Chapter on OWN—part one a 9pm ET/PT; part two at 9pm ET/PT Friday. There's also live streaming on OWN.
"I think it's the certainly the biggest interview I've ever done in terms of its exposure," Winfrey noted recently on CBS This Morning. "Back in 1993, I did Michael Jackson, live, around the world. This is going to be live-streamed around the world, as well as on OWN. I think the number of people who have exposure to it makes it the biggest interview I've ever done."
That Jackson chat attracted about 90 million viewers.
The potential viewership here? Immense. It may also help boost Winfrey's network, which is still finding its footing, creatively and otherwise.
The buzz around the interview is huge but there are many reports that while Armstrong does admit to doping to Winfrey he fails show genuine remorse for it. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, take note of the CBS This Morning video, in which Winfrey reveals even more.