Oprah Winfrey paid a virtual visit to "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday to discuss her highly anticipated interview with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, in which he is rumored to partially confess to using performance-enhancing drugs -- an allegation he has vehemently and aggressively denied for the last decade.
Via satellite from Chicago, Winfrey spoke to anchors Gayle King, Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell about her 2½-hour Monday afternoon sitdown with Amstrong. She explained how she had feverishly prepared for the interview "like a college exam," and had a list of 113 questions at the ready. "I didn’t get all the questions asked, but I think the most important questions and the answers that people around the world have been waiting to hear were answered," Winfrey said.
Although she was "satisifed" by Armstrong's responses, Winfrey confessed that "he did not come clean in the manner that I expected. It was surprising to me. I would say that for myself, my team, all of us in the room, we were mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers."
She also said she'd prefer to leave it up to viewers to decide whether or not he was contrite, But that he was "thoughtful," "serious," and like her, very well-prepared. "At the end of it, 2½ — literally 2½ hours — we were both pretty exhausted," Winfrey said.