Posted January 20, 2013

Manti Te’o agrees to on-camera interview with Katie Couric

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Manti Te’o will give his first on-camera interview to Katie Couric this week. (Streeter Lecka, Getty Images)

Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o has agreed to be interviewed on-camera for the first time since his name has dominated headlines, according to a report from Brian Stelter at the New York Times.

Former CBS news anchor Katie Couric will conduct the interview as part of her syndicated talk show “Katie,” but portions of the interview will also be broadcast on “Good Morning America” and other ABC news programs. The interview will air on Thursday.

On Friday night Te’o gave ESPN his first interview since news that his girlfriend Lennay Kekua – who was assumed to have died halfway through this pat season – wasn’t a real person but rather part of an elaborate hoax. However, Te’o’s representatives refused to let the linebacker go on-camera with ESPN’s Jeremy Schapp.

Te’o will be interviewed by Couric sitting alongside his parents, Brian and Otilla.

Couric beat out a host of other potential interviewers for the job, a group which is said to include Oprah Winfrey. However, Couric was likely aided by the fact that the Te’o family recently hired her longtime spokesman to deal with the media attention garnered by the story.


19 comments
Igautt_Akleu
Igautt_Akleu

This interview could be over in four words. Katie: Are you gay? Manti: Yes.

Doc Holiday
Doc Holiday

Katie will"look so concerned" and never ask a logical question.

Anonymous_Source
Anonymous_Source

I don't understand this. If you are telling the truth, why feel the need to say it twice? What different will be said other than introduce his shield/ parents? Unless it is a live feed, it will be edited. This guy is a clown of unimaginable proportions. His 15 minutes are up. Time to move on.

WalterKuhlman
WalterKuhlman

Like a teammate said about him, "He likes attention"! The media is so straved for sensational stories that they bought his BS. The talk of his stock in the NFL draft dropping because of this? Pleeeze! It dropped when ole Bamy put the whamy on his sorry as* on the field. He'll be like a special team player in the NFL.

Igautt_Akleu
Igautt_Akleu

Katie Couric, the face of gay sympathy in the main stream media? They are working overtime to keep Manti's closet door closed.

Anonymous_Source
Anonymous_Source

Assuming Dec 6th was actual ground zero...What baffles me is the perpetuation of the story even when not directly asked about the "girl". Why not just leave her out of the equation? Here's a theory for you, the two friends even duped a model into the self promoting scheme.

Cool
Cool

He just wanted to finally be able to talk with a women in person.

Joey1
Joey1

i really not know what mean he do fake talk ..  she never talk him online?????  he play online

Anonymous_Source
Anonymous_Source

So they are tied together through a spokesperson. Great, looking forward to watching softball questions being lobbed his way. Hopefully Katie is willing to ask the tough questions instead of letting them sit comfortably in the spotlight which we all know they lust after.

vanboja
vanboja

What is your obsession with Manti's sexual preference?  Every post by you is about gay men... If you are curious, maybe cnnsi.com isn't the best place for exploration.

Yankee0359
Yankee0359

 @Igautt_Akleu

 It could and should be.  But this is going to haunt him for the rest of his life, and deservingly so...

Yankee0359
Yankee0359

 @Anonymous_Source

 I agree!  How many interviews does he get until he thinks he get's it right?  Which will never happen.  Don't forget, by now he's been well coached by the school and maybe he'll sit up straight this time.

vanboja
vanboja

hmmm... so, a young man, just out of being a kid, should spend the rest of his life in misery b/c he lied about a girlfriend?  Lock up all of those young men that have bragged about some hot girl.

sugaslim
sugaslim

 @JoeCabot maybe they are big words to you my friend. try finishing high school.