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Manti Te'o

Giving First On-Camera Interview to Katie Couric

1/20/2013 2:59 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0120_katie_couric_manti_teo_gettyManti Te'o will finally go on camera to talk about the recent girlfriend hoax controversy ... and Katie Couric is the lucky broadcaster to score the interview.

Te'o spoke to ESPN's Jeremy Schaap on Friday, but not on camera. During that interview, Te'o admitted he handled the Lennay Kekua situation poorly ... but maintained he was in no way involved with the hoax.

The Notre Dame linebacker told Schaap he only realized for sure this past week that he was being duped.

According to ABC News, Couric will sit down with Te'o and his parents, Brian and Ottilia Te'o. The interview will air this Thursday.

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76.

Deborah    

Who the "F" cares? I am so sick of this story. Someone got conned on the internet.... "Not so big story". Good luck Katie, I won't be watching this circus. You all are making this story bigger than "Sandy Elementary". What is wrong with you?

590 days ago
77.

jewelgrl    

Over this story...Next!

590 days ago
78.

comicjc    

What he should have said is "I am gay". The only reason a big "manly" football player fakes having a girlfriend is because he likes to smoke pole from time to time. This too will eventually come out. You heard it here first. Te'o is a homo!

590 days ago
79.

mya89    

What's next... Oprah interviewing this irrelevant poopball player

590 days ago
80.

JesusSaves    

I agree...this story is a waste of space!

590 days ago
81.

DangerDani666    

Watch Catfish, it's easy to see how desperate people can be so gullible. I don't know why this is so unbelievable,football palyers aren't really known for brains!I think his "friend" that tricked him either wanted to eff with him mentally to stall his careeer or is secretly in love with him.

590 days ago
82.

Deborah    

Who gives a chit? With everything else going on in this world. Katie your time is up and what is his face? Your time is up too!

590 days ago
83.

Tmz007    

I hope this tool has some deep pockets, cause identity theft pays pretty good nowadays!

590 days ago
84.

Harfy    

That just shows you, never trust an Indian !

590 days ago
85.

a long time Leno fan!    

zzzzzZZzZzZzzzz.....wake me when the interiew is over. thanks!

590 days ago
86.

Home Skillet    

Hey TMZ ... enough with the effin' Manti Te'o stories, please! Christ ... I'd take another Lindsay Lohan's getting outta jail again free stories over this boring sh1t.

590 days ago
87.

Sally    

Thank goodness it is Katie and not Oprah,now I can watch the program.

590 days ago
88.

backfire    

Our country is falling apart and everyone is suffering...do you think i care about this nitwit who is too old to be so naive or people singing and dancing at the inaugural? What are they partying about....what is so terrific? why do we care about this silly young man?

590 days ago
89.

DOK    

www.getfitwithkaren.com

590 days ago
90.

BB not bb    

This is the weirdest story that anyone cares. Why did he tell anyone about this in the first place? This is kind of a private matter. Not only that, it is real and happens all the time. Check out this site:
http://www.romancescam.com/forum/portal.php


There is a war going on with the *****ian cyber criminals against single Americans. There is no good way to prosecute them after they steal people's money and break their hearts. There are people who try to scam them back instead and cause them financial loss and personal problems.


I don't know why this story is so popular. Is it to promote that MTV show Catfish? To me people who do this are real low lives. On the show, they have people who basically met on facebook instaed of a dating site. I guess that is more personal in a way.


It seems most of the perps on that show are just mentally disturbed in some way. They are not coldblooded just out to take people's money and disappear to the point that some victims are so devestated that there have been suicides.

589 days ago
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