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Lance Armstrong: The former cycling champion admitted to doping during a 2013 tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey. The interview marked the first time Armstrong has spoken out about using performance-enhancing drugs since he was stripped of his seven Tour De France titles and banned from the tournament for life. >>Watch the interview

Celebrity confessions

When public figures behave badly, they sometimes aim to make amends by confessing their sins via TV interviews or news conferences. Here's a look at some of the celebs, athletes and politicians who have made shocking admissions on television.

Lance Armstrong: The former cycling champion admitted to
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Lance Armstrong: The former cycling champion admitted to doping during a 2013 tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey. The interview marked the first time Armstrong has spoken out about using performance-enhancing drugs since he was stripped of his seven Tour De France titles and banned from the tournament for life. >>Watch the interview

John Edwards: In 2008, after months of denial,
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John Edwards: In 2008, after months of denial, the North Carolina senator and failed presidential nominee admitted in an interview with Bob Woodruff of ABC News that he had carried on an extramarital affair while his wife, Elizabeth, battled cancer. >>Watch the news conference

James Frey: In 2006, author James Frey's memoir,
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James Frey: In 2006, author James Frey's memoir, "A Million Little Pieces," was selected for Oprah Winfrey's book club. Several months later it was revealed that parts of the book were exaggerated or made up. Winfrey had Frey back on the show to confront him about lying to her. Frey admitted to several embellishments made in the book. >>Watch the news conference

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John Ensign: In 2009, Nevada Sen. John Ensign

John Ensign: In 2009, Nevada Sen. John Ensign staged a news conference and admitted to an affair with former campaign staffer Cindy Hampton. After a Senate Ethics Committee probe over whether he violated Senate ethics in having the affair, he announced his resignation in April 2011. >>Watch the news conference (April 21, 2011)

Hugh Grant: In 1995, Grant, who was dating
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Hugh Grant: In 1995, Grant, who was dating actress and model Elizabeth Hurley, was arrested for soliciting a prostitute in Los Angeles. That same week, Grant appeared on "The Tonight Show" to promote his movie "Nine Months." Host Jay Leno famously asked, "What the hell were you thinking?" to which Grant replied that he had no excuses. "I did a bad thing." >>Watch the interview

Whitney Houston: In 2009, Houston sat down
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Whitney Houston: In 2009, Houston sat down with Oprah Winfrey and admitted she had regularly used several drugs, including crack cocaine, despite her insistence that "crack is whack" when grilled by Diane Sawyer years earlier. >>Watch the interview

Michael Richards: Michael Richards, who played the eccentric
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Michael Richards: Michael Richards, who played the eccentric Kramer on the TV show "Seinfeld," turned his comedy show into a night of horror in 2006. The comedian began screaming racial slurs to black audience members, and the rage was caught on tape. Richards then went on the "Late Show with David Letterman" to apologize. >>Watch the interview

Jesse James: The ex-husband of Sandra Bullock admitted
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Jesse James: The ex-husband of Sandra Bullock admitted in a 2010 ABC News interview that he repeatedly cheated on Bullock during their five-year marriage. >>Watch the interview

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David Letterman: In 2009, Letterman admitted on his
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David Letterman: In 2009, Letterman admitted on his late-night talk show that he was the victim of an extortion plot, in the process revealing that he had extramarital affairs with several female employees of his show. >>Watch the confession

Mark Foley: Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.), right, addresses
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Mark Foley: Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.), right, addresses the media with Rep. Jerry Weller (R-Ill.) at the Capitol in Washington in this 2003 photo. Foley resigned over sexually explicit messages to underage congressional pages. Five years later, he appeared on Fox News to discuss the scandal. >>Watch the news conference

Mark McGwire: In a 2010 interview with Bob
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Mark McGwire: In a 2010 interview with Bob Costas, the baseball star admitted to using steroids on and off for nearly a decade while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, including in 1998, when he broke baseball?s home run record. >>Watch the interview

Milli Vanilli: In 1990, Fab Morvan and Rob
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Milli Vanilli: In 1990, Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus, the members of the Grammy-winning pop duo, admitted in a televised news conference to not actually singing on their records. >>Watch the press conference

Alex Rodriguez: In 2009, A-Rod, third baseman for
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Alex Rodriguez: In 2009, A-Rod, third baseman for the Yankees, admitted in an exclusive televised interview with ESPN that he had used steroids from 2001 to 2004 while playing for the Texas Rangers. >>Watch the interview

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Jimmy Swaggart: In 1988, the Christian televangelist infamously
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Jimmy Swaggart: In 1988, the Christian televangelist infamously proclaimed, “I have sinned!” to his church congregation while confessing to sleeping with a prostitute. >Watch the confession

Anthony Weiner: In 2011, after several days
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Anthony Weiner: In 2011, after several days denying media reports, Weiner, a New York congressman, called a news conference to admit that he had in fact sent sexually explicit photos of himself to women on Twitter while married and that he would resign his position. >>Watch the press conference

Tiger Woods: The world-famous golfer conducted a televised
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Tiger Woods: The world-famous golfer conducted a televised news conference in 2010 to publicly apologize to his wife, friends and fans for his multiple infidelities. >>Watch the news conference

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