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Dr. Phil

WINNER in Race for

1st Ronaiah Interview

1/25/2013 12:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Dr. Phil
just scored HUGE -- TMZ has learned, he's landed the first on-camera interview with the alleged mastermind behind the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax ... Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.

Sources tell us, Phil and Ronaiah sat together for several hours yesterday in L.A., where they discussed Manti's interview with Katie Couric ... after watching the entire interview together.

According to sources, Phil's interview with Ronaiah is "emotional and deep." It's expected to air some time next week.

Ronaiah has yet to address the public about his alleged involvement in the Manti hoax -- even though Manti has already said Ronaiah privately confessed to concocting the whole thing.

TMZ broke the story ... Ronaiah had intense feelings for Manti -- feelings he channeled through the female persona of "Lennay Kekua" ... Manti's fake girlfriend.

Interesting ... two female oriented daytime talk shows have snagged the key interviews in a football scandal.

For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!

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am i the only one that doesn't care about this?

605 days ago


People who keep commenting about who cares regarding this story, then stop commenting on it! I find this story just shows far people will go to be in the limelight and further individual agendas. They were ALL in on this charade and nought they could continue the story until it became too overwhelming keeping up with all the lies.

605 days ago


Manti is gay! That is why this whole thing started. He likes dick in his butt and mouth. End of story.

605 days ago


I am sure the moron was paid a nice sum for the interview. That is what is wrong with this country

605 days ago


Dr Phil will get him to admit he's a homo and throw in some analogy like if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck etc etc. I am sure it will be hilarious when the guy finally breaks down and admits he likes giving head college football teams and sailors.

605 days ago

Snowman with a Turnip Nose    

Ummm... NOTHING that has anything to do with "Dr." Phil is emotional or deep. Unless "totally fake" is an emotion now and a puddle of dog pee on the sidewalk is "deep".

BTW, half of the women on the internet are actually men posing as women - and my real name is Brunhilda. Big deal!

605 days ago

OH NO!    


605 days ago

ank the tank    

Oh great another interview with a gay man, as if I needed another reason not to watch Dr. Phil

605 days ago

judy jetson    

Dr. Phil and Ronaiah are as gay as Harvey!!

605 days ago


so wait a guy does something like this and the media talks about how trolling and bullying is wrong.yet at the same time pays this guy and gives him tons of attention for doing what they say is so wrong..not sure what the media is trying to do here.this story was dead when espn interviewed manti.

605 days ago


Phil promised him a couple months of catfish dinners . . . FREE!!

605 days ago


Once we heard this was a hoax, we shouldn't have heard anything else about it from that point on. Maybe nothing other than information about this psychopath being charged with some sort of crime. If I had been Te'o and found out I had been played, I would have refused ALL media questions and requests for interviews and just said, "I was lied to, it was a hoax, and that's that." And only talk about football from here on out. I think he's making himself look like an ass, and could be hurting his NFL future by getting sucked into this media blitz. As for this man being interviewed by Dr. Phil - pandering for Ratings. And since he was able to snag the "exclusive", I yet again question Dr. Phil's claim that he doesn't pay guests for interviews. At the end of the day, no one should care what this lunatic has to say and instead of sitting on a talk show couch, he ought to be knee deep in some sort of criminal charges for this. This whole thing is being handled terribly - but it's looking like it's been great for ratings. Smh.

605 days ago



605 days ago


If its obvious he was posing as a girl, why do ppl still think Manti is gay? Not that it would matter if he is, but clearly he thought his girlfriend was a girl. If a guy dates a post op transsexual and doesn't know the girl was born a man, does that make him gay? No. It's about intentions.

605 days ago


Ron-whatever your name is, you need your ass beat

605 days ago
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