Score one for Katie Couric! On today’s episode of her syndicated talker, Katie, Couric nabbed an exclusive interview with Notre Dame Football star and Heisman Trophy candidate, Manti Te’o.
Te’o has been in the news of late and all the rage with the confusing and mysterious “catfish” scheme where Te’o was reportedly duped into an online relationship with a fake girlfriend who he originally believed had died! However in the interview with Couric, Manti revealed he maintained the illusion of his dead girlfriend in the weeks after he received a call claiming that Lennay Kekua and her death were hoaxes claiming: “Katie, put yourself in my situation. I, my whole world told me that she died on September 12. Everybody knew that. This girl, who I committed myself to, died on September 12th.”
Te’o has said he believed Kekua, whom he thought was his girlfriend despite never meeting her face to face, had died of leukemia on September 12 after a car accident left her hospitalized. “Now I get a phone call on December 6, saying that she’s alive and then I’m going be put on national TV two days later. And to ask me about the same question. You know, what would you do?” Te’o said.
In addition, Couric pointedly asks the question that has come up across the country that was this all a cover-up because Manti is actually gay? Te’o answered a resounding, “No, far from it.” Later, Te’o revealed he did lie to his father and when Couric asked why, Te’0 responded it was his way of getting approval from his dad of this young lady, and he thought if he told his dad he never met her, his father would say it is a red flag. He then stated, “It was a red flag. I obviously should’ve seen.”
After the jump, watch the clip of Katie asking Manti if he is gay, and why did he lie to his father. Then tell us what do you think of this bizarre scheme? Do you now believe 100% that Manti was duped?