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Manti Te'o will finally face the world this Thursday, as the Notre Dame linebacker has agreed to his first on-camera interview since the Lennay Kekua hoax broke on the January 24 installment of Katie.

The Heisman Trophy runner-up spoke to ESPN on Friday, insisting he played NO role in the scheme.

But this sit-down, which will include Manti's parents, will mark his first televised Q&A since the perplexing story was broken in a Deadspin article a few days ago.

Manti Te'o Sports Illustrated Cover

Look for ABC to release snippets from the highly-anticipated interview on Good Morning America and other news programs in the days leading up to Thursday's episode.

Do you think Manti Te'o was the victim of a hoax?

 

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After a month's worth of voluntary rehab for anxiety and stress, LeAnn Rimes tells Katie Couric that she feels like she's been given a fresh start.

LeAnn Rimes and Katie Couric

"I feel like I am starting over even though I've had all these years behind me," she says. "How many people get to [start] over in this day and age?"

In the interview, which airs tomorrow, Rimes also discusses how her relationship with Eddie Cibrian made her a target for bullies - and celeb gossip tabloids.

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Katie Couric makes a major, stunning admission on her talk show today:

The former CBS Evening News anchor struggled with an eating disorder as a teenager.

In an taped interview that will air across the country this afternoon, Couric sits down with Demi Lovato - whose troubled past is well-documented - and admits that she can relate to all Lovato has gone through.

Katie Couric and Demi Lovato

“I wrestled with bulimia all through college and for two years after that,” Couric tells her audience. “And I know this rigidity, this feeling that if you eat one thing that’s wrong, you’re full of self-loathing and then you punish yourself, whether it’s one cookie or a stick of gum that isn’t sugarless, that I would sometimes beat myself up for that."

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Katie Couric sexed up her talk show Monday in honor of Erika Leonard, a.k.a. Fifty Shades of Grey author E L James, and not just with sensual crimson lighting.

Couric herself drew cheers when she appeared at the top of the hour in a sleeveless black leather dress and sky-high stilettos - to Rihanna's "S&M," obvi.

"Relax - this won't hurt at all," the host joked, introducing herself as our "mistress" for the day ... we should be so lucky. As for her guest of honor?

EL James is a shy, normal-looking lady in her 40s who speaks softly and is just about the total opposite of who you would expect wrote the bestseller.

James, as shocked as anyone by all the attention her work is getting, was asked who she'd pick to star in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie.

She was coy about this query, saying only that she has three unnamed actors and four actresses in mind for who should play Christian and Ana. Hmm.

According to Katie's Facebook polls, fans would love Gilmore Girls' Alexis Bledel and Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder ... Matt Bomer is also a popular pick.

Who would you like to see in the lead roles? Tell us below, and follow the jump for a clip of James answering fan questions on yesterday's Katie ...

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Discussing her new show Katie and which celebrities she'd like to interview, Katie Couric made some surprisingly candid remarks about one in particular.

"I think it would be interesting to interview Kate Middleton because she has comported herself so well since she has been thrust in the limelight," she said.

However, she added, "I think she needs to eat more because she’s so thin.”

  • Gorgeous Kate Middleton
  • Skinny Kate Middleton

Royal sources consistently reiterate that there is no problem with Kate's dietary habits, yet speculation and discussion about Kate's slender frame persist.

Some even think it may be at least part of the reason that the newlyweds have yet to become pregnant, despite their expressed desire to start a family.

It is not clear why Couric - who was granted exclusive access to the Royals for her ABC News Special - would have made the extraordinary comments.

She surely meant no harm, but the weight topic is a sensitive one to say the least at the palace, especially given Princess Diana's battle with bulimia.

Kate Middleton is not bulimic, obviously, and even seems to have put on (a little) weight in the past few weeks, though she remains naturally thin.

The palace has not yet responded to Couric's comments. What do you think? Is she out of line? Leave a comment and vote in the survey below:

Kate Middleton: Too Thin?

 

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Katie Couric may have left The Today Show in 2006, but she still has some strong opinions regarding the current state of the program. Specifically, its handling of Ann Curry.

And they aren't very positive.

Katie Couric and Ann Curry

"I felt really bad for Ann. I still don't understand why they didn't give her sort of a proper send-off," Couric told Philly.com this week as part of her promotion for Katie, which premieres on September 10, adding:

"Ann did some extraordinary work during her time there. It was just not the best chapter in The Today Show. It made me sad for the institution."

That's for sure.

Ratings for the program haven't picked up and there's reportedly even chatter that many employees want Matt Lauer gone next. The juggernaut has fallen has very hard times.

Couric, though, kicks off her talk show next month and has booked Jessica Simpson and Sheryl Crow as her opening day guests. She says she's inspired by Oprah, but...

"When people say, 'Are you the new Oprah?' I say, 'No, I'm the old Katie.'"

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Katie Couric has a new talk show in the works and a new man on her arm.

Sources tell The New York Post that the former CBS News anchor is dating John Molner, head of mergers and acquisitions at Brown Brothers Harriman in New York.

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They are reportedly "very happy together" and actually appeared together in public over the weekend at a breast cancer benefit.

“Katie looked better than ever and, clearly in love, did her best to keep her relationship with John low-key," said a witness. "She was careful not to be photographed with him, but they were clearly together. They looked good together and other guests remarked that he seemed a more age-appropriate match.”

Couric has two daughters with late husband Jay Monahan, who died of colon cancer in 1998. She split with Brooks Perlin, who is 17 years her junior, for in December, following nearly five years together.

Couric's talk show, Katie, premieres on September 10.

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She loves dogs. And ice tea. And if you run into her around Central Park, she'll squat down and take a cell phone picture with you.

These are just some of the things we learn about Katie Couric in the first official preview for Katie, her aptly-titled upcoming talk show, which premieres on September 10 across the country on most ABC affiliates.

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We can think of one ex-Vice Presidential candidate who will NOT be tuning in, but what about you? Will you check out Katie?

 

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In a rare interview, Prince William gave ABC News the clearest sign yet that he and his wife Kate Middleton are planning to try for a baby soon.

In an interview to mark his grandmother’s diamond jubilee - 60 years on the throne - the future king said starting a family is a top priority.

Discussing his military plans, Prince William, who will himself turn 30 next month (Kate Middleton turned 30 this winter), told Katie Couric:

"More importantly, I’d rather like to have children. That’s the key thing really."

"But I’m just very keen to have a family and both Catherine and I, you know, are very much looking forward to having a family in the future."

When asked whether there was anything he would like to announce, the prince said coyly: "You won’t get anything out of me. Tight lipped."

Fortunately, Couric didn't overtly ask about the recent pregnancy rumors.

William and brother his Prince Harry opened up during an interview at Clarence House in London for The Jubilee Queen, ABC's special series on her.

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Katie Couric is back on morning television. For a week, anyway.

The former Today host, who left to anchor the CBS Evening News six years ago, will fill in for vacationing Robin Roberts on Good Morning America next week.

“Katie Couric is going to be sitting in this chair next to George Stephanopoulos,” Roberts said, confirming the report. “We’re all thrilled to have Katie.”

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Couric’s ABC deal for a new syndicated daytime show includes ABC News duties, and she joins GMA when the morning show's ratings are on the rise.

For the most recent week, GMA averaged 4.73 million total viewers and a 1.9/12 among adults 25-54, compared to Today‘s 4.99 million and 1.8/14.

Couric tweeted of the pressure to keep it up:

“Serious pressure filling in for the fab @RobinRoberts! Rise + shine! Excited to be back on morning TV next wk, guest hosting @GMA w/ @GStephanopoulos.”

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