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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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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

645 days ago

Miley is a whore    

so he finally admits it

645 days ago

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.

645 days ago


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

645 days ago


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.

645 days ago


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

645 days ago


Cat Fight!
"Couric vs. Coulter"
@ Youtube

645 days ago


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

645 days ago


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

645 days ago


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

645 days ago


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

645 days ago


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.

645 days ago


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.

645 days ago


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???

645 days ago


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

644 days ago
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