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Matthew Hiltzik

The Link Between

Manti Te'o and Katie Couric

1/21/2013 7:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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How, you ask, did Katie Couric -- who now hosts a daytime syndicated talk show targeted at women -- snag the first on-camera interview with Manti Te'o?  The answer is Matthew Hiltzik.

Hiltzik is a high-powered publicist who specializes in crisis management.  He reps both Katie and Manti, but his client roster is chock-full of big celebs, including Alec Baldwin, Glenn Beck, MLB superstar Ryan Braun, Internet mogul Sean Parker, Univision's Raul De Molina, and some Canadian named Justin Bieber.

Sources tell us ... Hiltzik -- who likes working on the down-low -- put the deal together and sold it as a package -- Katie's interview will play an entire hour on her show, but parts will also be featured on Good Morning America, Nightline and World News Tonight.

It's hard to argue against the fact that Katie's one of the best interviewers on TV, but fact is ... It ain't always about what you know ... it's about who you know.

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space monkey    

ummm.... how many resest is this site going to take to load properly.
Oh hang on this is tmz where harvey is cheap and can't pay someone to fix and run the site properly........
But yet somehow all the kartrashian story always load properly. WFT....

605 days ago
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Kobe_No_Means_No    

lol, he looks like a sex predator.

605 days ago
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rosemaryxoxo    

Can we please stop talking about him

605 days ago
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tenley    

That is: It's a P.R. win-win for both his clients. That's not journalism, and don't kid yourself that under an arrangement like that Katie is ever going to ask a hard-hitting question.

605 days ago
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your own luck    

"Katie is one of the best interviewers on TV". Really, says who?

605 days ago
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Nvts    

She better just as nasty to him as she was to Sarah Palin. She better be out for blood.

605 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

So, will this be a carefully staged interview about a very critical topic?

605 days ago
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DonnieGunz    

Still talkin' about this, huh?

605 days ago
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Me Too    

"Katie is one of the best interviewers on tv"???? Wow, you must think matt "rat face" lauer is a genius. She is smug and boring. Zzzzzzzzzzz.......

605 days ago
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Laura    

So, it's really being put together by managers, publicists, PR people, attorneys, television producers, etc.--to make it all unfold the way they think best? Like Lance? Who came across scripted and unemotional, unless it had to do with him. Can anyone just sit before a camera and tell the damn truth? I think people are sick of being treated like they're stupid.

605 days ago
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Truth    

NO 1 CURR!!!!!!!!!! DUDE IS GAAAY. NO SURPRISE S/HE'S APPEARING ON A CHIC TALK SHOW. #TRUTH!!

605 days ago
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dathan    

Katie is going to " Out " him.....

605 days ago
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peoplearesilly    

Do people really give a dang about this? I don't care enough to hear his stupid explanation.

605 days ago
14.

Blue    

I am soooo tired of hearing about this. It is NOT 1996, we are not on AOL and he is not a 13 year old guy being pranked by his guy friends all pretending to be girls. This is embarrasing all the way around, his publist needs to make it go away.

605 days ago
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OH NO!    

**** YOU TMZ. STOP TALKING ABOUT THIS NON-STORY. NO ONE ON THE PLANET GIVES A ****.

605 days ago
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