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Dr. Phil

WINNER in Race for

1st Ronaiah Interview

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

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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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46.

Gargamel    

Why would anyone want to interview this nutball?

543 days ago
47.

Scott    

LOL I wanna hear him talk in his female voice maybe some channeling ceremony with the lights dimmed.

Peace.

543 days ago
48.

Turboman    

Dr. ? He is not a doctor look it up he is a fraud

543 days ago
49.

MikeD    

Well Kanye - Speak for yourself... I for one am not "everybody" !

543 days ago
50.

Afamilyguy    

Ladies and Gentlemen this is were manti get exposed

543 days ago
51.

bigcasino    

ohhhhhh, please love me! i love you long time! i pretend to be girl just for you

543 days ago
52.

Dr. Cornelia J. Dogbarker PhD    

Uncle Phil: So, what the eff is going on in your effed up head?
Ronaiah: Duh, well.....
Uncle Phil: You're gay. Do you get that?
Ronaiah: Well I don't really....
Uncle Phil: What part of 'you're gay' don't you understand?

543 days ago
53.

Ivan in Phoenix    

Harvey will use a whole bottle of baby oil watching this episode of Dr Phil.

543 days ago
54.

esq777    

Dr. Phil is "jumping the shark."

543 days ago
55.

denise    

dr. phil will exploit you too!!!!!!

543 days ago
56.

Phil    

Dr Dirt Bag. Thanks Oprah for bringing this blithering idiot to TV.

543 days ago
57.

Douglas     

Just go away you moron ...your 15 min of fame are up .You stupid jerk .You should go and hide .

543 days ago
58.

Paddy    

Are there actually enough people in the whole country to fill up a minivan who give a rats ass about this story?????

543 days ago
59.

dathan    

Fake girlfriend ( Ronaiah ).....Real boyfriend....(Manti)...Fake Dr..( Phil)..

543 days ago
60.

beaware    

ESPN is reporting that Manti Te'o was NOT THE FIRST ONE TO BE DUPED BY Tuiasosopo. He has done this to others before using the same pictures of the supposedly Kekua. Something bigger is going on in here. The telephone records of the person calling Manti was in SouthFlorida, not Samoa.

542 days ago
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