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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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1.

KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes!

454 days ago
2.

Ben    

goodness gracious

454 days ago
3.

Majestik    

I'm sure all the Dr. Phil fans, all twelve of them, are happy to hear this.

454 days ago
4.

tleeg    

Are we still talking about this stupid thing? Who cares anymore?

454 days ago
5.

shelley    

I really do not understand the fascination with this story. So a person got duped by someone they met online. This is such a boring story on all the news outlets

454 days ago
6.

brainscan    

The truth is the FBI investigation of Brainscan has discovered he works for the CIA as a mind programmer....

454 days ago
7.

oleman    

does anyone care?

454 days ago
8.

JiLL1    

I'm so sick of this story. The guy was duped. Let's move on. I bet Dr Phil will send him for psychological, neurological, chemical, and physical evaluation like he does for many of his guests.

454 days ago
9.

FlamingoNut    

STOP the insanity, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

454 days ago
10.

Your moms jump off    

Manti's girl is one of those crazy jealous ass bitches... She was blaming him of cheating in every message... And who cares about manti anyways... He's gay anyways... Saying he's far from it because his bf wasn't there...

454 days ago
11.

Rosie55    

Why is everyone making such a big deal out of this? So he got tricked... he's embarrassed, it's over

454 days ago
12.

palermo    

WHO is interested in this dumb guy/dumb story? He's a nobody, interacting with other nobodies. Give it a rest.

454 days ago
13.

KnuckleDragger    

I'm at a loss to understand why anyone really gives a f*ck about all this.

454 days ago
14.

Nvts    

Headline will eventually read:
"Yup, I'm Gay"

454 days ago
15.

Lucky_130    

We need more news

454 days ago
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