The story broke last week and has featured tons of twists and turns, and frankly, more questions than answers. Perhaps Thursday's broadcast of Couric's daytime talk show Katie will help clear things up and provide some answers to the questions that Te'o's first interview (with ESPN's Jeremy Schaap on Friday night) didn't.
Here is everything you need to know to make sure you don't miss a second of Manti Te'o's much-anticipated sit-down with Katie Couric.
When: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Start Time: 3 p.m. ET (Start time varies by location; click here to check your local listings.)
What to Expect
According to KatieCouric.com, "Katie will sit down with Manti Te’o and his parents, Brian and Ottilia Te’o, who are speaking out for the first time on camera." The topic of discussion will obviously be the situation surrounding the hoax.
The interview will not take place live on Thursday, however. Parts of Couric's interview will be "broadcast in advance on 'Good Morning Am throughout erica' and other ABC News programs," according to Brian Stelter of The New York Times.
Te'o discussed the troubling situation with ESPN's Jeremy Schaap for two-and-a-half hours on Friday night, but he maintained that he wasn't faking anything and that he was not involved in the hoax whatsoever: "When (people) hear the facts, they'll know. They'll know that there is no way that I could be part of this."
With this being Te'o's first on-camera interview since the shocking news broke last week, viewers will be paying close attention to his body language, as well as his parents', who are set to accompany him.
The website that broke the story, Deadspin, has already let it be known they don't think the interview will be worthwhile. The New York Times reported that the Te'o family hired Matthew Hiltzik to be their spokesman during this ordeal. Hiltzik is also Ms. Couric's longtime spokesman, a clear conflict of interest.
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