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College footballer Manti Te’o will speak on camera for the first time about his online relationship that turned out to be a hoax. Katie Couric has nabbed the interview with the Notre Dame linebacker, which will air Thursday, Jan. 24, on her syndicated daytime talk show Katie on ABC. According to the network, the interview will be pre-recorded, and he will appear on the show beside his parents, Brian and Ottilia Te’o, who are speaking out for the first time and say they were also victims of the hoax. Read more below!!
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Couric and her staff beat out a number of other interviewers who tried to score a sit-down with Te’o, including Oprah Winfrey, according to The New York Times. The spokesman hired by Te’o’s family in recent days, Matthew Hiltzik, is also the longtime spokesman for Couric. In an interview with ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap last week, Te’o denied being a willing participant in the hoax, in which he was apparently duped into dating a fictitious young woman whose death of leukemia made headlines last year.“Never, ever would I be a part of this,” said Te’o, who was a runner-up for the Heisman Trophy this season.Among the interviews revelations: Ronaian Tuiasosopo, who was identified in the Deadspin story breaking news of the hoax as its potential mastermind, called Te’o Wednesday to admit he orchestrated the hoax. In addition, an unnamed male and female were involved, though Te’o does not know their identities.