Dr. Phil McGraw is proving Oprah taught him well when it comes to snagging must-see interviews. On today's episode of his No. 1-rated syndie talk show, McGraw will air the first part of an exclusive interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the mastermind behind the Manti Te'o "catfishing" hoax that shocked America.
Last fall, Notre Dame football player Te'o revealed the back-to-back deaths of his grandmother and girlfriend were fueling his efforts to lead his college team to an undefeated regular season. What Te'o allegedly didn't know was that the "girlfriend" he'd met online, fell in love with over the course a two-year relationship and then grieved for, wasn't a girl at all.
McGraw appeared on Today to promote his exclusive with Tuiasosopo, sharing the young man's disturbing admission of being in love with his victim Te'o. Watch a clip from the Today preview, as well as a sneak peek from today's episode of Dr. Phil after the jump! READ MORE
I'm gonna be quite honest here and admit I'm having a tough time following this story. I'm talking a really tough time — like math class tough!
From what I can gather, some Notre Dame player named Manti Te'o claimed he led his university's football program almost to a national championship, all to honor his dead girlfriend. Only problem is, the girlfriend isn't dead. In fact, there is no girlfriend; it was all allegedly some internet weirdo "catfishing" the athlete!
Katie Couric is airing an exclusive interview with the Heisman Trophy runner-up and his parents today on her talk show. Will the Perky One be able to get to the bottom of this case of computer love gone terribly wrong? Check your local listings for Katie airtimes. Watch a couple of sneak peeks below!