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MANTI TE’O SPEAKS OUT ON KATIE: ADVANCE EXCERPT
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW AIRS THURSDAY, JANUARY 24
In his first on-camera interview, Manti Te’o speaks to Katie Couric for her nationally syndicated daytime talk show, “Katie,” joined by his parents, Brian and Ottilia Te’o in their first television interview. Below you will find an advance excerpt from Katie’s conversation with Manti, which will broadcast Thursday, January 24.
Katie Couric: “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.”
Manti Te’o: “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 one of those where she was just breathing and…then she started to whisper my name. And 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.’”