Last night Oprah’s highly-anticipated interview with Lance Armstrong made good on all the media hype it was receiving days prior to airing.
The interview, which Winfrey has called the most important of her television career, became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter just moments after it started.
Winfrey was faced with the challenge of delivering a hard-hitting interview on a subject matter that is somewhat out of her wheelhouse. According to David Bauder from the Associated Press, “she needed to get in the weeds of technical material involving drugs, investigations and a huge cast of characters and accusations. Yet it was important not to get lost in those weeds, to keep sight of the human element.”
Today, Winfrey’s interview has been met with overwhelming approval from her critics, but also celebrities have turned to Twitter to chime in on Armstrong’s tell-all moment.
Actor/comedian Tom Arnold said it best: “A lot of sports journalists were questioning if Oprah had what it takes to thoroughly interview Lance Armstrong. The woman is shredding him,” he tweeted.
A lot of sports journalists were questioning if Oprah had what it takes to thoroughly interview Lance Armstrong. The woman is shredding him.—
Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) January 18, 2013
Wow. Watching @Oprah interview. Just WOW—
Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) January 18, 2013
I always want to make sure Oprah is on MY side.—
matthew perry (@MatthewPerry) January 18, 2013
Wow..... Oprah comes out very strong!—
(@andyroddick) January 18, 2013
Great day for liars! They are dominating the news today. #CongratsUSA—
Rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones) January 18, 2013
Fair is fair. Lance Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France while Oprah used him to win her time slot.—
Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) January 18, 2013
“@SilverLimePhoto:If you were to admit a lie to Oprah, what would it be?” I took performance enhancing drugs before I defeated the Gorn. ;-)—
William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) January 18, 2013
Wow what a great 1st 20 mins to #Oprah interview with Lance. He is a cheater and liar. I'm embarrassed that I was such a fan for so long.—
Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) January 18, 2013
Funny Oprah does a whole show about a cheater but never did a show about a hardworking honest comic who's had his ups and downs. #hmmm—
Colin Quinn (@iamcolinquinn) January 18, 2013
Despite the latest news my father will not stop using Lance Armstrong as an adjective for strength and determination.—
Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) January 18, 2013
Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 18, 2013
Oprah has been on an uphill battles to build ratings for OWN since launching the network in January 2011. In an attempt to gain more viewers, Oprah introduced her prime-time series Oprah’s Next Chapter, in early 2012.
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