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Kate Ward
Kate Ward is the current Executive Editor for Hollywood.com, a former editor and writer for Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, and a forever fan of pop culture. A graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Ward — whose work has also appeared in Glamour magazine — loves talking about nutgrafs and hates exclamation points, despite using them on a regular basis. Specializing in reality TV, ’90s nostalgia, and bad movies, Ward is likely the oldest person to attend "American Idols LIVE!" every year with her mom.
  • Inauguration 2013: Lupe Fiasco Escorted Off-Stage at Concert Following Anti-Obama Rant
    By: Kate Ward Jan 21, 2013
    Rapper Lupe Fiasco lived up to his surname at a pre-inauguration performance at the Hamilton Live Theater Sunday night. The outspoken artist, who has criticized President Barack Obama for his views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, unleashed a diatribe against the recently sworn-in president halfway through a performance. "[Rush] Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist, Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn't say s**t. That's why I ain't vote for him, next one either," Fiasco rapped on stage. Fans at the concert to hear Fiasco weren't pleased with his verse, however. Soon after the crowd began to grow restless with the rapper's views, Fiasco was escorted off-stage by security. Organizers of the event released the following statement about Sunday's concert:Lupe Fiasco performed at this private event, and as you may have read, he left the stage earlier than we had planned. But Lupe Fiasco was not “kicked off stage” for an “anti-Obama rant.” We are staunch supporters of free speech, and free political speech. This was not about his opinions. Instead, after a bizarrely repetitive, jarring performance that left the crowd vocally dissatisfied, organizers decided to move on to the next act. Lupe Fiasco repeated the one song for more than 40 minutes. Fiasco's rep didn't immediately respond to Hollywood.com's request for comment. In 2011, Fiasco spoke to CBS News about his stance on the President, telling Shira Lazar, "In my fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama, and the United States of America … I'm trying to fight the terrorism that's actually causing the other forms of terrorism. You know, the root cause of terrorism is the stuff that the U.S. government allows to happen, and the foreign policies that we have in place in different countries that inspire people to become terrorists. And it's easy for us because it's just some oil." As for the inauguration fiasco, we'd bet the rapper's harsh words have mellowed for Obama following the president's A-list singing support. [Image Credit: Wenn] More: Inauguration 2013: Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, & More Perform. Who Was Best? 2013 Inauguration: What Are You Most Looking Forward to Seeing? Beyonce? Hats? Michelle Obama Rocks New Bangs: The Best and Worst in Celebrity Fringe From Our Partners: Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits Ever (Celebuzz) Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Inauguration 2013: Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, & More Perform. Who Was Best?
    By: Kate Ward Jan 21, 2013
    If there's anything more difficult than following Aretha Franklin, it's following Aretha Franklin's hat. But four years after the soul singer bedazzled her way onto the inauguration stage, Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, and James Taylor did their best to pay patriotic tribute to President Barack Obama as he was sworn into office. Taylor, armed with only a guitar, performed a stripped-down, much-shortened version of "America the Beautiful," while Clarkson and Beyoncé — in her first post-Blue Ivy on-camera performance — had the difficult task of following Obama's inauguration speech with "My Country 'Tis of Thee" (seemingly read off a teleprompter) and "The Star-Spangled Banner," respectively. (Pulling out her earpiece, Beyoncé appeared to suffer sound problems during her performance... not that you'd notice listening to her.) But which inauguration performance was best? Let us know in our poll below which singer red, white, and blew you away! <a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/6844544/">Whose performance was best at the 2013 inauguration?</a> [Image Credit: Getty Images] More: 2013 Inauguration: What Are You Most Looking Forward to Seeing? Beyonce? Hats? Who Runs the World: Beyonce Set to Perform at Obama's Inauguration Michelle Obama Rocks New Bangs: The Best and Worst in Celebrity Fringe From Our Partners: Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits Ever (Celebuzz) Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Manti Te'o Hoax: Katie Couric Beats Out Oprah for First On-Camera Interview
    By: Kate Ward Jan 20, 2013
    Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o continues to be on the defense following the revelation that his online girlfriend, who supposedly died of leukemia, was a fake. But Te'o, who some claim was an active participant in the hoax, has another opportunity to convince fans of his innocence. The New York Times reports Katie Couric has scored the first on-camera interview with Te'o. The hoax attracted much interest among sports fans after Deadspin broke the story that Te'o's girlfriend -- who the football player often spoke about publicly -- did not exist, and instead was an online personality likely created by acquaintance of Te'o's. Though Te'o -- who was poised to win the Heisman trophy before news of the hoax broke -- has spoken about being duped online with ESPN, Couric will mark his first non-print interview. "I wasn't faking it," Te'o, who admitted to lying about having met his online girlfriend, told ESPN. "I wasn't part of this ... When [people] hear the facts, they'll know. They'll know that there is no way that I could be part of this. So will we hear the facts during Couric's interview? The talk show host's sit-down with Te'o and the football player's parents, Brian and Ottillia, will air on Katie Thursday, with excerpts from the interview airing on Good Morning America prior to its debut. The interview marks a big victory for Couric -- the talk show host beat out Oprah Winfrey, who recently landed Lance Armstrong's doping confession. Your move, Maury. [Image Credit: INFphoto] More: Manti Te'o Claims He Didn't Lie... Except About This One Thing Why ‘Catfish’ is MTV’s New ‘Jersey Shore’ (Thanks to Manti Te’o) Te’o Hoax: 'Catfish' Star Nev Schulman Reveals His Stance on the Controversy From Our Partners: Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits (Celebuzz) Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 2013 Inauguration: What Are You Most Looking Forward to Seeing? Beyonce? Hats?
    By: Kate Ward Jan 20, 2013
    It's no easy task to try to upstage President Obama's first inauguration in 2009. The historic ceremony, Aretha Franklin's hat, a gaffe that led to Obama having to re-take the presidential oath — the event had everything a pop culture fan could hope for. This year, however, the President is upping the star power at the inauguration. Not only have supporters like Katy Perry and Alicia Keys stepped in to perform at various balls over the weekend, but Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, and James Taylor will be singing for the cameras as Obama is sworn in publicly. (The president was officially sworn in Sunday in a private ceremony per the constitution.) Beyoncé is tasked with the National Anthem, while Clarkson will be singing "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and Taylor "America the Beautiful." Their hat plans are to be determined. But what are you most excited to see during the star-powered ceremony? Beyoncé's pre-Super Bowl performance? Gaffes? More hats? Vote in our poll below! <a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/6842384/">What are you most looking forward to seeing during the inauguration?</a> [Image Credit: Wenn] More: Who Runs the World: Beyonce to Perform at Obama's Inauguration Katy Perry Set to Join Inauguration Concert: Politics Now More A-List Than the Grammys Michelle Obama Rocks New Bangs: The Best and Worst in Celebrity Fringe From Our Partners: Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits (Celebuzz) Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Jennifer Lawrence on 'SNL': Did the Actress Hit a Comedic Bullseye?
    By: Kate Ward Jan 19, 2013
    Silver Linings Playbook star Jennifer Lawrence is golden. Not only because she scored a Golden Globe win for her performance in the David O. Russell dramedy, but because she's quickly establishing herself as one of the most charming actresses this side of Emma Stone. And, with her debut appearance on Saturday Night Live, Lawrence continued to prove she could balance between genres. Drama, teen franchise, indie, sketch comedy —Lawrence's playbook is indeed golden. Speaking of things golden, SNL's cold open centered on one of the most talked-about figures from Sunday's awards show: Jodie Foster, played by the increasingly valuable but criminally underused Kate McKinnon. While poking fun at the actress' quasi-coming-out speech, in which the actress paid tribute to "the voices of reason in my life: Robert Downey Jr. and Mel Gibson," the sketch hit its high mark, with McKinnon stealing the spotlight from Jason Sudeikis, as a far-from-contrite Lance Armstrong, and Bobby Moynihan, as a wide-eyed Manti Te'o. And it turns out the Golden Globes gave SNL plenty of milage, with Lawrence's monologue centering on audience's misunderstanding of her acceptance speech. With some viewers believing Lawrence was slamming Meryl Streep — "I beat Meryl" was actually a First Wives Club reference — the actress continued the Oscar smack talk during her monologue, slamming Jessica Chastain ("More like, Jessica Chas-ain't-winning-no-Oscar-on-my-watch!") and even 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis. ("You think you can beat me? Whatchu talkin' bout, Wallis?") Though the one-liners (and Bill Hader's stoic Tommy Lee Jones) impressed, Lawrence's busy schedule seemed to hold her back during the monologue — if she were relying on the cue cards anymore, you could call her Lindsay Lohan. Lawrence seemed to hit her stride during SNL's inevitable Hunger Games sketch, which still left a bit to be desired for fans of the dystopian teen franchise. Though Lawrence played along well — making fun of her height-challenged co-star, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta — the post-game press conference concept relied too much on the sketch's secondary characters (reporters that don't exist in the books) than the primary beloved stars. Though Jay Pharoah's question to Peeta — "Have you been using performance-reducing drugs?" — did get some appreciation from the Armstrong-overdosed audience. The actress' journey on Saturday Night Live continued with a pre-taped Hobbit bit that would have been much funnier if The Onion hadn't already written it a month before. (Though who doesn't identify with frustration surrounding Peter Jackson's insistence on filming in "s**t-vision"?) Still, in Studio 8H, it played better than the next sketch, which starred Lawrence as a bona fide nasty waitress in an Ed Debevics-esque restaurant. That said, anyone who ever frequented Debevics and was privy to their patented lame insults would appreciate a waitress with real sass — one that told diners, "You peaked in high school, and now you'll sleep with anyone who asked." But before you insult any jokes from this week's Weekend Update, Moynihan would beat you to it. Playing recurring character second-hand newsman Anthony Crispino, even the SNL cast member had to scoff at his own rib that "they have to raise the Depp ceiling" after Johnny Depp outgrew his mansion. (Cue: Sad trombone.) Seth Meyers, however, made up for the grown-worthy appearance with a zinger about Ann Romney's rumored (and debunked) casting on Dancing With the Stars: "She's probably not a good fit for the show anyway, because I've heard of her." The next sketch parodied another beloved reality show, Top Chef, but in a world where dogs were allowed to compete. Relying heavily on puns (Padma Leash Me, Tom Collie-Cio, and a Crocks-wearing Mario Barktali were stars of the sketch), the skit was one of those that seemed born out of exhausted writers' rooms at midnight. Still, Lawrence worked, well, like a dog to help the sketch translate, proving to be more committed than the most loyal of pups. Her commitment to the material only continued in the next sketch, which took place in Taran Killam and Moynihan's recurring Shakopee, Minn., radio station. Though predictable, Lawrence's rapping intern — who couldn't even rhyme "issues" with "tissues" during a flu-themed verse — was sick enough to sell the sketch. But not quite as sick as "Danielle," a sketch parodying sex-fueled fare you'd find while channel-surfing late-night French TV. One of those wonderful skits that's not as funny as it is strange, "Danielle" delighted if only because it was easy to imagine SNL's writers wondering if they could pull off something so ridiculous. So, did they? Hardly — at least not as much as the following sketch, centered on the correspondences between a Civil War-era woman and her brazen fiancé (the underused Tim Robinson) who constantly demanded "a tit pic or something." The final sketch earned plenty of chuckles, but it's unfortunate that the night's funniest sketch occurred in the first 10 minutes, sans Lawrence. Poking fun at Starbucks' spelling-plagued employees, the commercial for the Starbucks Verismo proved the coffee maker will mistake your simple name for something ridiculous, and complain to its co-worker Verquonica when it gets your order wrong. The faux-commercial served as a shot of caffeine to the episode which could have used a jolt much later. Still, Hunger Games star Lawrence was easy to digest in the comedy genre, helping elevate rusty, post-vacation writers' bits to laugh-out-loud status. And the experience in live TV should do Lawrence good — after all, she has to prepare for the moment she accepts Oscar gold in real time. [Image Credit: NBC] More: Jennifer Lawrence and Jason Sudeikis In: Silverday Night Livenings Playbook! — VIDEO You Don't Own Her: Jennifer Lawrence Channeled 'First Wives Club' In Her Acceptance Speech From Our Partners: Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits (Celebuzz) Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Nigella Lawson Not Airbrushed on 'Taste' Poster. Finally, a Chef Who Is What She Eats.
    By: Kate Ward Jan 19, 2013
    America is a confused nation. On the one hand, we constantly wave our saturated fat flag, consuming calories at a faster pace than we can drive our gas-guzzling SUVs. But on the other hand, we use magazine covers to establish an impossible beauty ideal, celebrating actresses and models who claim they eat three cheeseburgers a day while looking like they eat only one cheese slice. And this dichotomy is no clearer than on television, where our obsession for food and beautiful people so often collide. For every Paula Deen on television, there's a Giada De Laurentiis and Padma Lakshmi, making us wonder why some, unlike us, aren't what they eat. So what a refreshing relief to hear Nigella Lawson, the British chef behind Food Network's Nigella Bites, has rejected the option to be airbrushed on the poster for her new ABC series, The Taste, a Voice-style reality competition premiering Jan. 22. Wrote the chef in a blog post Friday, "Although it was very thrilling to think of being up on a billboard in LA and around the States, I was very strict and English and told them they weren't allowed to airbrush my tummy out. Wise? Hmmm. But that tum is the truth and is come by honestly, as my granny would have said. " Some might scoff at Lawson's anti-airbrush stance — after all, it's easy to have confidence on a billboard when you've already been established as a curvy sex symbol. Still, it's a brave move in a TV food industry that has become as fixated on image as ingredients. A food personality that actually looks like she eats? That's some good news to digest. [Image Credit: WENN] More: 'Unflattering' Jennifer Lopez Photo Sparks Controversy: Should She Be Mad? See Cate Blanchett's Photoshop-Free Magazine Cover Rihanna: Getting Naked Boosted My Body Image From Our Partners: Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits (Celebuzz) Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Manti Te'o Claims He Didn't Lie... Except About This One Thing
    By: Kate Ward Jan 19, 2013
    Manti Te'o is sticking to his story. Speaking to ESPN Friday, the Notre Dame football player claims he was indeed catfished, contrary to rumors that Te'o knew his online girlfriend, Lenny Kekua, knew she never existed in the first place. "I wasn't faking it," he told ESPN. "I wasn't part of this." Following news that Te'o was duped online by a woman who supposedly died of leukemia in September, many began to speculate that the football player was actively perpetuating the story of Kekua's existence despite knowing she was a personality allegedly made up by Ronaiah Tuiasosopa, a former friend of Teo's. While the Notre Dame player is claiming he was tricked, he did, however, admit to ESPN that he had lied to his father and the public about having met Kekua prior to her "death." "I knew it was crazy that I was with somebody that I didn't meet," he said. "So I kind of tailored my stories to have people think that, yeah, he met her before she passed away." So if Te'o wasn't responsible, who was? Te'o agreed with reports that Tuiasosopo was behind Kekua's online profile, and also claimed two others — who have since apologized to him — had created Te'o's fake girlfriend. "When [people] hear the facts, they'll know," he said. "They'll know that there is no way that I could be part of this." [Image Credit: AP Images] More: Sundance Doc Makes Interesting Comparisons to Manti Te'o, Lance Armstrong Controversies Why 'Catfish' is MTV's New 'Jersey Shore' (Thanks to Manti Te'o) Te'o Hoax: 'Catfish' Star Nev Schulman Reveals His Stance on the Controversy From Our Partners: Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits (Celebuzz) 54 Cutest Celebrity Kids! (Celebuzz)
  • Robert F. Chew, 'The Wire' Actor, Dies at 53
    By: Kate Ward Jan 18, 2013
    Robert F. Chew, who memorably starred in David Simon's acclaimed The Wire, died at 52 years old Thursday of apparent heart failure, according to The Baltimore Sun. Aptly named Proposition Joe on the series — the kingpin had a penchant for grandiloquent language — Chew appeared in all five seasons of HBO's critically beloved drama. The actor also starred in other Simon-led projects like The Corner and Homicide: Life on the Street, but gained most attention as Proposition Joe, a physically imposing character based on a real drug dealer in Baltimore who thrived in the 1980s. Though Chew played a drug kingpin on the small screen, the actor was anything but menacing off-screen. When not filming, Chew donated his time to Baltimore's Arena Players, where he mentored children interested in the arts. Some of his students even appeared on Season 4 of The Wire, according to the Sun. “He could have gone to New York or Los Angeles and commanded a lot more work, but he loved the city as his home and chose to remain here working," Simon said in a statement released Friday to the Sun.  "The Wire cast was an embarrassment of riches and it was easy, I think, for outsiders to overlook some of those who were so essential as supporting players.  Robert's depiction of Proposition Joe was so fixed and complete — from the very earliest scenes — that the writers took for granted that anything we sent him would be finely executed.” Remember how Chew could chat with this somewhat NSFW clip featuring Proposition Joe. [Image Credit: HBO] From Our Partners: Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits (Celebuzz) 54 Cutest Celebrity Kids! (Celebuzz)
  • Lance Armstrong Confesses to Oprah: Do You Forgive Him?
    By: Kate Ward Jan 18, 2013
    Lance Armstrong is a jerk. At least, that's how he repeatedly labeled himself during his interview Thursday with Oprah Winfrey, during which he confessed to using banned substances throughout his seven Tour de France wins. "I'd say I was both [a jerk and a humanitarian]," Armstrong, who was stripped of his medals after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency accused him of cheating in 2012, told Winfrey. "And now we're seeing certainly more of the jerk part than the activist … I am flawed. Deeply flawed." And, no doubt, fans have realized just that since the USADA filed their report against Armstrong in October. And the disgraced cyclist is well aware of the frustration that will likely be directed towards him by supporters who stood by Armstrong as he repeatedly denied using banned substances. "I see the anger in people," he told Winfrey. "There are people who supported me, believed in me, believed me, not just believed in me, but believed what I was saying, and they have every right to feel betrayed. And it's my fault. And I will spend the rest of my life — some people are gone forever, but I will spend the rest of my life trying to earn back trust and apologize to people for the rest of my life." Starting with his apology on Winfrey's program. During the first part of the interview (see 28 of the athlete's most revealing quotes), Armstrong was contrite, appealing to fans and those who he's wronged with his doping denials with impressive frankness and regret. (Part 2 of the cyclist's interview will air Friday.) But, following his confession, do you still believe in Armstrong? Will the man that founded Live Strong still keep his strong fan base? Tell us, following Armstrong's interview with Winfrey, do you forgive the formerly beloved athlete? <a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/6838812/">Do you forgive Lance Armstrong following his confession?</a> [Image Credit: WENN] More: Lance Armstrong's Oprah Confession: 28 Revealing Quotes From the Interview Lance Armstrong Confesses to Doping in Oprah Interview — Could He Face a Perjury Charge? Oprah to Talk to Lance Armstrong. What Are Her 10 Most Awkward Interviews Ever? From Our Partners: The Cutest Celebrity Kids! (Celebuzz) Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits (Celebuzz)
  • Lance Armstrong's Oprah Confession: 28 Revealing Quotes From the Interview
    By: Kate Ward Jan 17, 2013
    No doubt, on Monday, Lance Armstrong was forced to live strong. After all, that was the day the seven-time Tour de France winner — who has since been stripped of his medals following a doping scandal — faced off against Oprah Winfrey. And on Thursday, audiences got the opportunity to see Armstrong put on a, well, strong face during the interview, which aired on Winfrey's OWN network. During the 90-minute episode (the first of two parts — the last hour will air on Friday), Armstrong admitted to doping during all seven Tour de France titles, confirming the New York Times report that the cyclist would confess to using banned substances. "I didn't invent the culture, but I didn't try to stop the culture," Armstrong told Winfrey. "And that's my mistake ... And the sport is paying the price." What else did Armstrong reveal? (And how happy is the cyclist that another sports star might have even more secrets to divert away from the disgraced cycling star?) See Armstrong's most revealing quotes from the interview below. The former Tour de France champion, who lost endorsement deals with Nike and Oakley following the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's accusation against Armstrong in October, might be used to uphill climbs, but is he used to the uphill battle that awaits him?  1) "Yes." -On whether he ever took banned substances."Yes." -On whether he doped through blood transfusions."Yes." -On whether he used other banned substances, like testosterone."Yes." -On whether he took banned substances during all seven Tour de France victories. 2) "Not in my opinion." -On whether it was "humanly possible" to win without doping through seven victories. 3) "I don't know that I have a great answer. I will start my answer by saying this is too late. It's too late for probably most people. And that's my fault. I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times." -On why he's revealing his doping past now. 4) "You win the Tour de France seven times, you have a happy marriage, you have children. It's just this mythic epic story. And it wasn't true." 5) "I didn't invent the culture, but I didn't try to stop the culture. And that's my mistake. ... And the sport is paying the price." 6) "I don't want to accuse anyone else ... I made my decisions. They are my mistake. And I am sitting here today to acknowledge that and to say I'm sorry for that. The culture was what it was." -On what the doping culture was like. 7) "The idea that anyone was forced or pressured or encouraged is not true. I'm out of the business of calling somebody a liar, but if you ask me if it's true or not, I'm going to say if it's true or not. That is not true." 8) "I don't necessarily remember that, but I'm certainly not going to say that's a lie." -On whether he and his teammates dumped syringes within fan view. 9) "My cocktail, so to speak, was only EPO. But not a lot, transfusions, and transfusions. Which, in a weird way, I almost justified because of my history, obviously, with testicular cancer ... Surely, I'm running low." 10) "The accusation and the alleged proof that they say that I doped after my comeback is not true. The last time I crossed the line, that line, was 2005." -On whether he doped in 2009.   11) "If you're asking me somebody on the team says, 'I'm not going to dope,' and I say, 'You're fired'? Absolutely not ... Look, I was the leader of the team. And the leader of any team leads by example, and there was never a direct order or directive to say, 'You have to do this if you want to do the Tour, if you want to be on the team.' That never happened. It was a competitive time. We were all grown men. We all made our choices. But there were people on the team that chose not to." -On whether he pressured teammates to dope during the Tour de France. 12) "That's not true. There was a level of expectation. We expected guys to be fit, to be strong, to perform. But I certainly didn't. I'm not the most believable man in the world right now, I understand, but I didn't do that." -On Christian Vandevelde's claim that he was pressured to dope to avoid getting fired from the team. 13) "I was a bully ... I was a bully in the sense that I tried to control the narrative, and if I didn't like what somebody said, and for whatever reasons in my own head, whatever I viewed that as someone being disloyal, a friend turning on you, or whatever, I tried to control that and say, 'That's a lie. They're liars.'" 14) "This is the second time in my life where I can't control the outcome ... the first time was the disease, obviously, and now." 15) "I still like to win. But I view it a little bit differently now." 16) "My response on most of these things are going to be different today." -On whether he'd still say Michele Ferrari never had a conversation with him about taking banned substances. 17) "I'd say I was both [a jerk and a humanitarian]. And we saw both. And now we're seeing certainly more of the jerk part than the activist. ... I am flawed. Deeply flawed. I think we all have our own flaws." 18) "I don't look around, 'Hey Oprah, I am getting so screwed here.' ... Were there days early on when I said that? Absolutely. Those days are fewer and fewer and farther and farther in between. Listen, I deserve it." 19) "Ruthless desire to win. Win at all costs, truly. Serves me well on the bike, served me well during the disease, but the level that it went to for whatever reason is a flaw. And then that defiance, that attitude, that arrogance — you cannot deny it." -On why it was worth risking it all. 20) "I didn't know what I had ... I didn't understand the magnitude of that following ... The important thing is that I'm beginning to understand that ... I see the anger in people. ... And betrayal. It's all there. There are people who supported me, believed in me, believed me, not just believed in me, but believed what I was saying, and they have every right to feel betrayed. And it's my fault. And I will spend the rest of my life — some people are gone forever, but I will spend the rest of my life trying to earn back trust and apologize to people for the rest of my life." 21) "I am happier today than I was [while using banned substances] for a whole host of reasons." 22) "I said I'm happier today, not yesterday." -On whether he's still happier today following the controversy. 23) "Because they asked me to. This is impossible for me to answer this question and have anybody believe it — it was not an exchange for any cover-up." -On why he donated to UCI, and whether it was an attempt to cover up failed tests. 24) "It's a major flaw. And it's a guy who expected to get whatever he wanted and to control every outcome. And it's inexcusable. And when I say there are people who will hear this and will never forgive me, I understand that. I do. And I've started that process. All of this is a process for me. One of the steps of this process is to speak to those people directly and to say to them, 'I'm sorry. I was wrong and you were right.'" -On why he would sue others for telling the truth about his use of banned substances. 25) "The comeback didn't sit well with Floyd [Landis] ... That period began this." -On whistleblower Floyd Landis' doping accusations against Armstrong. 26) "I do. We wouldn't be sitting here if I didn't come back." -On whether he regrets his comeback in the sport.  27) "I'd do anything to go back to that day. Because I wouldn't fight. I wouldn't sue them." -On what he thought when the USADA announced they'd be opening the case against Armstrong in 2012. 28) "I love cycling. I really do. And I say that knowing that I sound like — people will see me as somebody who has disrespected the event, the sport, the color yellow, the jersey. I did ... But, if we can — and I stand on no moral platform here. It's certainly not my place to say, 'Hey guys, let's clean up cycling.' If there was an effort to, if there was a truth and reconciliation commission — again, I can't call for that. I've got no cred. [But] if they had it, and I'm invited, I'd be the first man in the door." -On whether he'd work with the USADA to clean up the sport. 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