On a day which saw "Piers Morgan Tonight" celebrate it's two year anniversary, the program's very first guest – Oprah Winfrey – was conducting her own television moment, as the oft-referred "Queen of Media" welcomed Lance Armstrong for a sit-down interview.
The most-decorated cyclist in the sports history, Armstrong chose this night to air a stunning admission to rampant illegal drug use while competing in, and winning, seven cosecutive Tour de France titles.
Having long been an Armstrong attacker, both on the air, and via social media, Piers Morgan welcomed journalist Buzz Bissinger to react to the breaking news:
"Sensational revelations," said the author best known for his non-fiction book "Friday Night Lights." "As we all know, no one is really shocked by them. At least he was somewhat forthcoming. What I do want to hear more about is his justification for lying, literally, up to the final moment."
While Bissinger and Morgan further discussed Armstrong's all-encompassing confession, celebrated sports columnist Christine Brennan sat in a nearby "Green Room," riveted by the story, and working on her own column for USA Today.
"Wow, that was a wild minute of television, wasn't it. The 'Yes, Yes, Yes,'" Brennan quoted, repeating Armstrong's series of answers to Winfrey's opening questions. "This man lied with ease, Piers, for over a decade. And he came clean – if we want to call it coming clean, I guess it's coming clean, if we can believe this now – with that same kind of ease. Ruthless. You almost wonder if he has a heart or a soul to be able to completely do a 180 so quickly on something that he has stood by forever. That was breathtaking."
Initially regarded as the greatest cyclist of all-time, Brennan is convinced that Armstrong's legacy will now be written in an entirely different fashion.
"In the pantheon of sporting cheats, has anybody come close to Lance Armstrong?" asked Morgan, referring to the Texan's continued disregard for the sport's rules.
"No," said Brennan flatly. "He's it. He's number one. We can retire the gold medal for cheating."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interviews, as Morgan, Bissinger, and Brennan review Winfrey's riveting sit-down interview with the man who may go down as the biggest fraud in the history of sports.
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