Winfrey explained, “We were mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers. I feel that he answered the questions in a way that he was ready. He certainly had prepared himself for this moment. He brought it. He really did.”
She continued, “I would say there were a couple of times where he was emotional. But that doesn’t describe the intensity at times.”
Winfrey declined to weigh in on whether or not she felt Armstrong was being sincere during the interview. She said, “I would rather people make their own decisions about whether he was contrite or not.”
The interview will air on both OWN and Oprah.com in two parts, beginning on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 9 p.m. ET.