Manti Te’o’s Alleged Hoax Perpetrator to Appear on ‘Dr. Phil’

Alleged Manti Te’o Hoax Perpetrator to Appear on Dr. Phil

We may finally get to the bottom of this whole Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax mess. The alleged mastermind of the conspiracy Ronaiah Tuiasosopo has taped an interview with Phil McGraw to air next week on the TV shrink’s daytime talk show, Dr. Phil, an inside source at the show confirms to

Earlier this week, Te’o, a linebacker for Notre Dame, gave an interview to Katie Couric in which he said that Tuiasosopo had posed as a woman, Lennay Kekua, and begun an online relationship with him. Thinking that he had an attractive long-distance girlfriend, Te’o was devastated when it appeared she’d died of leukemia. Te’o claims that Tuiasosopo has privately confessed to him, though so far the alleged hoax mastermind has made no public statement.

TMZ first broke the news and their source says that McGraw and Tuiasosopo watched the Te’o/Couric interview together, after which they had an “emotional and deep” conversation.

Will you-asosopo be watching?

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