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