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Manti Te'o slated for Katie Couric TV interview

Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o (left) and ABC News' Katie Couric (right) are seen in this undated split image.
January 20, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Manti Te'o will appear in his first television interview with Katie Couric since news broke of the fake girlfriend hoax.

"I will be doing the first on-camera interview with Manti Te'o & his parents - this Thursday on @KatieShow," Couric tweeted Sunday.

The Notre Dame football star and his parents claim they were victims in an Internet hoax in which a woman whom Te'o believed was his girlfriend died of leukemia. It was revealed Wednesday in a report from Deadspin.com that the woman never existed.

Since then, questions have swirled about whether the 2012 Heisman runner-up was in on the scam. He broke his silence Friday, maintaining his innocence in his first off-camera interview with ESPN's Jeremy Schaap.

"No. Never," Te'o said in the interview. "I wasn't faking it. I wasn't part of this."

Couric's interview with Te'o and his parents will air Thursday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. on ABC7.

ABC News contributed to this report.


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