Getting Personal, Armstrong Recounts Difficult Talk With His Kids

NPR | Jan. 19, 2013 11:13 a.m.

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Greg Myre

Well, at least it was a good night for Oprah.

Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Lance Armstrong drew 3.2 million viewers on her struggling Oprah Winfrey Network on Thursday night.

That made it the second-highest rated program since the cable channel launched in 2011, trailing only an interview she did last year with Whitney Houston’s family shortly after the singer’s death.

The second part of the Armstrong interview airs Friday night at 9 p.m. ET. We’ll be live blogging just as we did last night.

Here’s a sampling of the reaction to Thursday night’s interview, where Armstrong admitted using performance-enhancing drug in all seven of his Tour de France victories from 1999 through 2005.

— Travis Tygart, head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA):

“His admission that he doped throughout his career is a small step in the right direction but if he is sincere in his desire to correct his past mistakes he will testify under oath about the full extent of his doping activities.”

— Livestrong, the cancer foundation set up by Armstrong:

“We at the Livestrong Foundation are disappointed by the news that Lance Armstrong misled people during and after his cycling career, including us.

“Even in the wake of our disappointment, we also express our gratitude to Lance as a survivor for the drive, devotion and spirit he brought to serving cancer patients and the entire cancer community.”

— Emma O’Reilly, Armstrong’s former masseuse, who accused him of cheating and was sued by Armstrong:

“I had only ever spoken about it because I hated seeing what some of the riders were going through, because not all the riders were as comfortable with cheating as Lance was,” she told Britain’s ITV television. “And you could see when he went over to the ‘dark side’ - personalities change - and it was an awful shame.”

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