Te'o said he was told of Ms Kekua's "death" from leukaemia just hours after his grandmother died in September.
Te'o also was asked last week by TV journalist Katie Couric if he is gay.
Jerry's personality was not established until the second season, but the producers cast O'Heir at the start of the show because they liked the actor and decided they would develop the character later in the series.
In an episode of season 4 during Leslie's trial for the relationship she had with Ben, Jerry reveals his real first name, Garry, while under oath.
He then goes on to explain that he was accidentally called Jerry by a high-ranking employee of the city and thought it was rude to correct him.
It was also revealed that he has a Leap Day birthday and is 64/16 years old.
Leslie is a passionate, hard-working and ambitious woman who loves her hometown of Pawnee and, unlike many around her, has not lost her optimism in the face of government bureaucracy.