After the mastermind behind the Manti Te'o hoax came clean, revealed the source of the fake-girlfriend name, and admitted he might be gay and that Te'o most certainly wasn't, Dr. Phil McGraw apparently decided there was only one more thing to force out of Roniah Tuiasosopo. And so arrived the awkward cliffhanger of Dr. Phil's two-part interview Thursday afternoon on nationally syndicated television — the world's most famous self-help doctor, the light gleaming off his shiny bald head in front of the fireplace at his creepy California home: "Gimme a little of that voice."
Indeed, McGraw's show had already leaked out much of the big news from Tuisasosopo's first public interview since the scandal broke two weeks ago. And after conflicting reports about who was the voice behind the non-existent "Lennay Kekua," that kind of was the last big question to be answered: How did Roniah Tuiasosopo change his voice for all those hours he was talking to Te'o? And how could Manti Te'o have believed those voicemails he played in his own sit-down interview?
On the first part of the interview broadcast Thursday, McGraw implored, "They need to know that voice comes out of you." A visibly nervous Tuiasosopo got a bit of stage fright and said that he wasn't up for it. But according to the AP, Tuiasosopo does perform his fake-girlfriend impersonation in Friday's conclusion of the bizarre interview. Here's a teaser that ran after today's session — complete with behind-the-curtain showmanship, Wizard of Oz-style: