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Dr. Phil Secures First On-Camera Interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10:  TV personality Dr. Phil McGraw watches the women's final between Kim Clijsters of Belgium and Mary Pierce of France during the US Open at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on September 10, 2005 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Andrew Gombert-Pool/Getty Images)
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Ethan GrantAnalyst IJanuary 25, 2013

Manti Te'o went on Katie Couric's daytime talk show to tell the world about his role in the "Lennay Kekua" scandal. The other key participant, Te'o's friend Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, has chosen Dr. Phil McGraw to break his side of the story.

According to a report by TMZ, Tuiasosopo sat down with the talk show host for several hours on Thursday, and the first-ever public statement from the culprit in creating this Kekua hoax will air sometime next week on Dr. Phil's daytime show.

Here's an excerpt from the TMZ report:

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.

The news comes a day after TMZ also reported that Tuiasosopo harbored "intense feelings" for Te'o in the middle of the hoax—one of the reasons he claims to have kept the charade going on for so long. 

In similar fashion, Couric asked Te'o if he was a homosexual on the show, one of the lingering theories (h/t New York Daily News) from certain pundits after gathering all the information.  Te'o emphatically denied being a homosexual.

Dr. Phil's sitdown comes after Te'o talked with Couric on her show Katie this week to give his personal account of the timeline of the entire hoax. The Notre Dame linebacker and Heisman runner-up admitted that certain parts of his past media interviews on his relationship with Kekua were false.

Hopefully Tuiasosopo can close the door on the speculation about who did what in this scandal, because it's been 10 days since the initial Deadspin report, and new information continues to leak about details that have slipped through the cracks.

The truth has eluded certain parts of this story, but hopefully Tuiasosopo fills in the gaps so we can put this story behind us.


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