Confirmed: Lance Armstrong Admits Drug Use to Oprah Winfrey

Related: OPRAH'S NEXT CHAPTER, OWN

Cyclist Lance Armstrong has given his first "no-holds-barred interview," with Oprah Winfrey on her cable network program OPRAH'S NEXT CHAPTER. The Associated Press has scooped the interview and revealed that as expected, Armstrong does indeed confess his use of performance enhancing drugs to Winfrey on the show.

The special 90-minute Thursday night episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter" will air Thursday, January 17 (9:00 - 10:30 p.m. ET/PT) on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. In addition-the interview will be simultaneously streamed LIVE worldwide on Oprah.com.

In the interview, Winfrey speaks with Armstrong at his home in Austin, Texas in the only interview since the seven-time Tour de France winner was stripped of his titles and dropped from millions of dollars in endorsement deals after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released an extensive report accusing the renown cyclist of doping throughout his career. Armstrong was given a Lifetime ban on competing professionally. Late last year, Armstrong resigned as chairman of the foundation he created, Livestrong, which has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the fight against cancer.

"Oprah's Next Chapter" is the primetime series featuring Oprah Winfrey as she steps outside of the studio for riveting, enlightening and in-depth conversations with newsmakers, celebrities, thought leaders and real-life families. "Oprah's Next Chapter" is produced by Harpo Studios. Join the conversation on Twitter using #NextChapter.

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