Category Archives: Dumb as Dirt.

How Did Katie Couric Land The Manti Te’o Interview?

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If you hadn’t heard about the story of Manti Te’o and his fake girlfriend–by the way, congratulations–he finally had a televised sit-down interview with Katie Couric for her daytime talk show. Many speculated and suggested that Oprah Winfrey should be the one to interview him, but somehow Couric landed the coveted sit-down. So how did she do it?

Matthew Hiltzik, a crisis management expert who is currently representing Te’o, has also worked with Couric for seven and a half years. Sources say this wasn’t the deciding factor, but that the audience reach from Couric’s employer ABC News and it’s parent company Walt Disney Co. made her the best candidate. Also, the media hype of Winfrey’s interview with Lance Armstrong may have hurt her. Personally I would have loved to see the winces and side eyes she would have given him, and I can’t help but think that Katie’s lax interviewing style played a part in this as well.

The interview was taped on Tuesday, and Te’o’s mother Ottilio said she felt like Katie was someone “I could trust with our story.” Te’o has only spoken out about this once before to ESPN, another network owned by Disney.

During the interview Te’o admits that he briefly lied to the media about the existence of his supposed girlfriend, even after he had learned that she never existed.

Deadspin broke the story earlier this month that Manti’s girlfriend Lennay Kekuka, who supposedly died from Leukemia on September 12 last year, was not a real person. On December 6, he learned that the hoax was perpetrated by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, who used pictures of a classmate to represent Lennay, but mentioned his girlfriend while discussing his placement as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

Put yourself in my situation. My whole world told me that she died on Sept. 12. Everybody knew that. This girl, who I committed myself to, died on Sept. 12. Now I get a phone call on Dec. 6, saying that she’s alive and then I’m going be put on national TV two days later. And to ask me about the same question. You know, what would you do?” 

Not dig yourself into a deeper hole, Manti? I believed the guy was lied to from the beginning, and it’s obvious that he couldn’t deal with the situation because everyone jumped to calling him stupid and asking how he could have had this relationship with a girl he never met. Was he trying to cover up something, was he in on it or trying to gain sympathy to get the Heisman? I think this Roniah guy needs to be answering questions, but of course he’s in hiding, so Te’o has to go out there and defend himself.

You can watch Katie’s interview with him Thursday on ABC.  IF you must.

Coming Soon: Ryan Lochte Reality Show

Ryan Derrrpte.


In an attempt to stretch Olympic fame, swimming gold medalist Ryan Lochte is shooting a reality show for the E! network.

According to Gossip Cop it will follow every aspect of his life, from training for the 2016 Olympic Games to his search for Mrs. Right.

Lochte and his management team have made no secret of his desire to break into the entertainment industry. After scoring cameos in a few network shows, he spoke about participating in The Bachelor or Dancing With Stars.

I think his own show, with scripts crafted to downplay his weaknesses (insert your own dumb as * joke here) and which will allow HEAVY editing is a smart move for him.

Lochte hails from my current neck of the woods (by all accounts he is exactly as he appears)  so I might get a chance for some first hand reporting.

What Would Ryan Lochte Do? (yes, the jokes pretty much write themselves) will premiere in April.


GQ’s LEAST Influential People Of The Year – Brittani’s Thoughts


Post Halloween, I don’t really care for the holidays and all the supposed cheer it brings. I especially loathe all of the year end lists, but GQ put together one that I think we can all appreciate.

The magazine states that the list isa collection of people so uninspiring that we should round them all up and stick them on an iceberg. Please note that these folks are ranked in no particular order, because all zeros are created equal.”

Even though the 25 people on it aren’t ranked, Mitt Romney is the first person to pop up.The only successful thing he did this year was embody every black stand-up comedian’s impression of a white person.”  Truer words have never been spoken.



My former “boyfriend”, and thankfully for Diva Julia it was a very short crush, Ryan Lochte may have abs of steel but he has a brain made out of brick.  They described him as “the U.S. swimmer who managed to increase the Ashton Kutcher-ness of the London Games by 80 percent.”



You know, I actually like ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,’ but the worst part of it has always been Guy Fieri‘s stupid catchphrases (“Duhhh…I’d eat that Velveeta cheese sauce off a FLIP-FLOP! HARRR HARRR HARRR!”), backwards sunglasses, dumb spiky peroxided hair and well, flip-flops in other people’s kitchens. His latest venture, Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar, was mercilessly skewered by a New York Times food critic which promoted way too many people to jump to his defense.


Even though he won an Academy Award for writing ‘The Social Network,’ Aaron Sorkin‘s dialogue has always left me exhausted and annoyed. He has another successful show under his belt with ‘Newsroom,’ GQ perfectly puts it, Watching an Aaron Sorkin show is like someone force-reading you the Huffington Post.”


Also making the list are First Lady Michelle Obama (who really doesn’t belong on this list–God forbid she get your fat kids to exercise)Madonna, wearing her cheerleader uniform, new Laker, Dwight HowardAmanda Bynes and George Zimmerman. 

Check out the rest of the list here!