Manti Te'o hoax mastermind speaks to Dr. Phil
Jon Stewart’s arch-nemesis is finally speaking out — and this morning, Today aired a preview of his upcoming interview with Dr. Phil McGraw.
Ronaiah Tuiasosopo spent over two years pretending to be Lennay Kekua, a fictional young woman who caught the eye of Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o. He created a variety of social media profiles for her and even spoke to Te’o on the phone as Lennay, using a voice Te’o assumed to be a woman’s. Though questions about whether Te’o knew Kekua wasn’t real arose when the scandal broke a few weeks ago, Tuiasosopo told McGraw that Te’o absolutely wasn’t in on the hoax.
He also revealed that he was in love with Te’o: “I ask him straight-up, ‘Was this a romantic relationship with you?’ And he says ‘yes,'” McGraw tells NBC’s Mike Taibbi in the following clip. “I said, ‘Are you then, therefore, gay?’ He said, ‘Well, when you put it that way, yes.’ And then he caught himself and said, ‘I am confused.'”
The full interview will air tomorrow and Friday on Dr. Phil, McGraw’s syndicated talk show.