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posted: 1/25/2013 5:49 PM

Dr. Phil to interview man accused of creating Te'o hoax

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  • Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o pauses during an interview with ESPN on Jan. 18. Te'o maintains he was never involved in creating the dead girlfriend hoax.

      Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o pauses during an interview with ESPN on Jan. 18. Te'o maintains he was never involved in creating the dead girlfriend hoax.
    Courtesy of ESPN

  • Diane O' Meara told NBC's "Today" show that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo used pictures of her without her knowledge in creating a fake woman called Lennay Kekua, who was Notre Dame football player Manti Te'o's supposed girlfriend.

      Diane O' Meara told NBC's "Today" show that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo used pictures of her without her knowledge in creating a fake woman called Lennay Kekua, who was Notre Dame football player Manti Te'o's supposed girlfriend.
    Courtesy of NBC

 
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NEW YORK -- Dr. Phil McGraw has booked the first on-camera interview with the man alleged to have concocted the girlfriend hoax that ensnared Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o.

A "Dr. Phil Show" representative confirmed on Friday the interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man accused of creating an online persona of a nonexistent woman who Te'o said he fell for without ever meeting face to face.

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The ruse was uncovered last week by Deadspin.com, which reported that Tuiasosopo created the woman, named Lennay Kekua, who then supposedly died last September.

No further details of the "Dr. Phil" interview, including its airdate, were announced.

This interview follows the first on-camera interview with Te'o conducted this week by Katie Couric.

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