For anyone who thought Manti Te'o and his people were beginning to take control of the girlfriend-hoax fallout, well, it's starting to look like Katie Couric still isn't just your average daytime talk-show host. After getting the on-camera interview ESPN couldn't — and it turns out ESPN blew more than that — Couric appears to grill Te'o on the still unclear timeline of events that seem to suggest Te'o was in on the lie. And in a teaser for her interview broadcast this morning on ABC, where Couric is also a special correspondent, she doesn't back down: "You stuck to the script, and you knew something was amiss, Manti," Couric says. "Correct," replies the Notre Dame star. "Why?"
So Manti Te'o has now admitted to lying — albeit briefly — about the December 8 interview when he talked about his fake girlfriend, her fake cancer, and support from her fake family, even though he claims to have found out about the hoax December 6. "Katie, put yourself in my situation," Te'o pleads. Will she? And what else will Couric get out of him? Here's the full clip from Good Morning America:
And according to ABC, which will continue to run teasers of the interview on GMA, World News, and Nightline before the full thing airs on Couric's syndicated talk show Thursday, she will be talking to the Te'o family as well. "People can speculate about what they think he is," his father, Brian, tells Couric. "I've known him 21 years of his life. And he's not a liar. He's a kid."