Ronaiah Tuiasosopo Interview on Dr. Phil: Dates, Start Time, TV Info and More

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2013

BRADENTON, FL - JANUARY 23:  Linebacker Manti Te'o of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish works out at IMG Academy on January 23, 2013 in Bradenton, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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After hearing Manti Te'o's side of the Lennay Kekua story, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, who has admitted to being the one behind the scandal, is going to get his moment in the spotlight in an appearance on Dr. Phil's nationally syndicated show. 

Like Oprah Winfrey's interview with Lance Armstrong two weeks ago, Dr. Phil's chat with Tuiasosopo will take place over the course of two episodes. According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN, the interview will air this Thursday and Friday.

Here is all the information you need to know to get set for Tuiasosopo's interview with Dr. Phil, as well as a few other items to keep an eye on. 


When: Thursday, Jan. 31, and Friday, Feb. 1

Watch: NBC at 4 p.m. ET (Check local listings for start times in your area by clicking here.)


Who is Ronaiah Tuiasosopo?

That should be one of the questions at the center of this Dr. Phil interview, though we don't yet know what exactly was asked when it was taped last week. 

Instead, all we can do is go off what we already know through various reports released over the last week or so. 

According to a report from Nancy Dillon and Larry McShane of the New York Daily News, Tuiasosopo has received vocal and dramatic training leading to speculation that he was the one on the other end of the phone calls left on Te'o's cell phone. 

Lawyer Milton Grimes, who represents Tuiasosopo, is quoted in the Daily News as saying that his client was the voice of Lennay Kekua. 

However, Emily Smith, M.L. Nestel and Jeane Macintosh of the New York Post reported that the voice actually belonged to Tuiasosopo's cousin Tino. 

When you get down to the core of this story, that's why it is so fascinating. We know so much about Te'o now, based on interviews and transcripts that have been released over the last two weeks, but we know nothing about Tuiasosopo. 

Is Tuiasosopo a crazed fan? Is he obsessed with Te'o? Does he have social and/or psychological issues? What made him create this hoax in the first place, and then continue to perpetuate the whole thing?

There are so many questions that need answers, yet no one really knows how forthcoming Tuiasosopo will be. It is entirely possible this whole thing was just a way for him to get his name in headlines and try to ruin someone else's life.