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Manti Te'o to Katie Couric

I Lied

But You'd Do the Same!

1/23/2013 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF



ANYONE in Manti Te'o's situation would have done the same thing he did -- and would lie to the media to protect their reputation after being hoaxed ... at least that's what Manti said to Katie Couric.

ABC is finally releasing clips of the big sit-down interview he did for Katie's new talk show -- in which the Notre Dame football star says he perpetuated the lie after he found out he was duped because he didn't know how else to act.

He then asks Katie ... "What would you do?" ... as if there was no other option.

On a related note, ABC is rolling out the interview in bits and pieces ... making it seem as if the interview was a big get for ABC News -- but the fact of the matter is the Manti booking was a score for Katie's talk show ... and a good one at that.

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dude    

On a related note, TMZ is rolling out the news of this in bits and pieces ... making it seem as if it was a big get for TMZ News

616 days ago
17.

Miley is a whore    

so he finally admits it

616 days ago
18.

Angel Rodriguez    

Seriously, this is really, really stupid. Why are you guys making such a big deal about this? Is news that hard to come by right now? Look, I wrote about women being FORCED to marry in NYC. Go chase those parents forcing them down! Do some good with your voice.

616 days ago
19.

static    

That guy needs to get laid and get a good psychiatrist.

616 days ago
20.

jacksonfive210    

Why hasn't anyone asked manti why he lied to the media when he said he met her after the Stanford game, why he needed a pr person with him for his espn interview, and all the other holes in his story. For all the people saying leave the story alone and who cares STOP READING AND COMMENTING you sould like the people who do the same on lohan and kardashian stories, people care because it was a huge story and shoved down our throats for 4-5 months and people we're so moved by his story now they feel let down.

616 days ago
21.

Caleigh    

Still with the stupid story drop it WHO CARES!!!!!!!! he was duped, he's not the president he plays football

616 days ago
22.

DaveT    

Cat Fight!
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"Couric vs. Coulter"
@ Youtube

616 days ago
23.

CriticXtreme    

To many shots to the head and the need to be famous and a media puta.

616 days ago
24.

tucker    

Who cares.about this guy? He's embarrassing. He's milking this for his 15 minutes. Enough already. He's a loser.

616 days ago
25.

deanne    

Watch the movie, "Catfish," then tell us what you think. Do not make rash judgements. I totally believe this guy.

616 days ago
26.

bc3b    

A college football player who is nuts interviewed by the world's oldest high school cheerleader - makes a lot of sense.

616 days ago
27.

annette1419    

Hello TMZ<
Regarding Beyonce lip syncing the national anthem it's disrespectful. How could she lip sync at the inauguration ? This the second time the President and Mrs Obama have invited her to sing at the inauguration or the inaugurall ball. Hopefully she'll be invited back by any president again.

616 days ago
28.

rdhmommy    

I would not do the same..Sorry. Besides this dude is old news and needs to just deal with what he did. Time to MAN UP and deal.

616 days ago
29.

JW    

I wouldn't be stupid enough to fall for an imagionary internet girlfriend. Man, now you clain you are reasonable enough to sign a multi-million dollar professional contract??? You're either a liar or a fool, which is it???

616 days ago
30.

DustyK    

That interview is TODAY at 3:00, or 2:00 depending on where you are... You can find your local station at katiecouric.com/promo

615 days ago
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