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Oprah Winfrey

Holding Back About

Lance Confession

1/15/2013 6:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


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Oprah Winfrey is already talking about her 2-and-a-half hour "confession" interview with Lance Armstrong ... except she's not exactly revealing what he said to her.

Oprah appeared on "CBS This Morning" to talk about the sit-down ... but nobody on the set -- including anchor Gayle King -- really pushed her about what Lance said.

Oprah DID say Lance confessed about using performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career ... but added, "He did not come clean in the manner I expected."

But nobody followed up with questions about WHY Lance's answers were so unexpected.

Here's what we do know:

-- Oprah says she prepared 112 questions for the interview, and got through most of them.
-- Oprah says "there were times" Lance got emotional, but she didn't drop details.
-- Oprah says she was so tough with her questioning, that Lance asked her to lighten up.
-- After the interview, Oprah says both she and Lance were exhausted and satisfied.
-- Lance's lawyers were NOT in the room during the interview.
-- Oprah suggests Lance's people leaked details about the interview to the AP.

The Oprah vs. Lance interview is set to air Thursday -- no word if Oprah plans to release any clips of the meeting before then.

Our question -- why the hell did the execs at CBS News let Gayle -- Oprah's BFF -- conduct an interview with this kind of news significance knowing she wouldn't push her hard?

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46.

DaveT    

Sucker born every minute

589 days ago
47.

M    

In other words, he was coached heavily by his lawyer ahead of time, and answered questions in the most minimalist why possible. I don't expect it will reveal any major details at all. It will just be, "Yeah, I doped. Next question.". But unless and until he admits anything "under oath", it's not going to change anything and he will still remain banned from the sport.

589 days ago
48.

EarlyCuyler    

Let me say this again... Nobody give a F*** about Lance "Druggy" Armstrong. Anybody could have won those races... loaded up on drugs as he was. He's lied over and over again. Nobody gives a F***.

589 days ago
49.

EarlyCuyler    

Lance Armstrong... Soon to be appearing at a Car Wash near you.

589 days ago
50.

sweet    

This has to be a joke all the hateful jokes towards Lance and Oprah of course people make mistakes should he have lied no!! And Oprah oh she's not hurting for anything...Read Forbes but to sum it all up geesh so harsh..

589 days ago
51.

bfs    

Ugh. The Oprah Show reinvented.

589 days ago
52.

monique    

i thought this chick retired? i hear more about her now then ever, go away already and take lance with you along with gayle and the kardashians

589 days ago
53.

Bea    

Americans are bunch of hypocrites. The entire nation is now crucifying Lance Armstrong yet 90 percent of the population is under some drug lol

589 days ago
54.

Mother nature    

Who cares about either one of them? They are both irrelevant now.

589 days ago
55.

homo     

thething oprah can do for 2 and half hours is eat

589 days ago
56.

LK    

HE BEAT CANCER .SO HE WILL GET THROUGH THIS 2 .

589 days ago
57.

Pierre    

It's there. Everyone knows it. I'm personally fascinated at the complexity of his scheme (http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/showlink.aspx?bookmarkid=94KD7E5M0TM2&preview=article&linkid=37d636e8-7f6e-4d65-92d5-72f7c492679b&pdaffid=ZVFwBG5jk4Kvl9OaBJc5%2bg%3d%3d) but of course the doping isn't justified. Though I do think that the past being what it is, it's a good move to at least come clean now.

589 days ago
58.

r u s s    

Okay.. Here's my theory: Oprah pays Lance Armstrong enough cash to do this "confession" interview to pay off his law suits. Oprah gets a buck load of money for the commercials that air during the interview. Why else would they be talking allll week about the upcoming "shocker" of a show. I wonder how much it will cost to run a 30sec ad during the show?

588 days ago
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