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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.

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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.

634 days ago


Sorry, not South Florida, but South California.

634 days ago

Dr Samuel Weiscrak    

Uhgg, "Dr." Phil??? i have more respect for Ronaiah...

634 days ago


It wasn't him anyhow. I knew it! There is no way a man could consistently speak in such a voice consistently nor have the content "she" had. Men just don't do that, even gay ones. I knew it was a woman,

634 days ago


In some states it is a felony to impersonate someone, online.

634 days ago


This guy set out to get attention and he got it. You know the world is going to help when you can lie and get on TV. Media needs to stop calling it a hoax when it was a lie.

634 days ago

Fat Matt    

I don't hate Dr. Phil...I don't even dislike his show. What bothers me is how he's always trying to attach his big fat makeup caked cranium to tragedies and buzzworthy storiesunder the guise of "Oh I'm just a big ol country boy who cares! Tune in y'all!" I like to think most people know it's not genuine concern or interest as much as it is ratings , egomania and the showbiz equivalent to posting "First!" on a comment board for Phil "Yeehaw" McGraw.

634 days ago

Anonymous Secret    

All the embarrassing personal conversation that was said.

633 days ago


My Boy Manti is GAAY but its okay just come out and tell the truth about how you guys were so in love n the whole story will end pronto. You is Gay son there aint no denying that fact 3yrs on the phone with a man, and all that phone sex n u had no clue it was a dude.....pause.

632 days ago
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