8:57 AM EST, January 24, 2013
In his first television interview since it was revealed that his girlfriend never existed, Notre Dame football star and Heisman trophy runner-up Manti Te'o talks to Katie Couric about the controversy that has everyone talking.
Katie sat down with Te'o and his parents, Brian and Ottilia Te'o, who are speaking out for the first time in this “Katie” exclusive.
Katie's special interview with Te'o airs Thursday at 4 p.m. on WSBT-TV. WSBT's Jennifer Copeland has a one-on-one interview with Katie Couric today, which will air tonight at 5 and 6 on Channel 22.
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KC: I understand you would fall asleep holding the phone. Or with the phone next to you connected to this individual and then when you woke up, you would talk to this person.
I hope you have rollover minutes by the way.
MT: Mobile to mobile. Mobile to mobile.
KC: But I mean, why would you do that?
MT: It goes back to what my parents taught me. To always be there for somebody when they need help.
KC: She came out of her coma when she was on the phone with you, or when the phone was next to her.
What did you hear on the other end of the line?
MT: well obviously it was just breathing at first, and it was just one of those where she was just breathing and then she started to whisper my name. I jumped for joy. I was like, ‘she is out! She is talking!’ I kind of, I was a little confident and I was like, ‘see they were right, I do help her.
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