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"Today" Says Goodbye to Rita

9/4/2007 1:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rita Cosby, Matt LauerTMZ has learned the "Today" show has pulled the plug on the Rita Cosby interview about her book in which she claims Howard K. Stern and Larry Birkhead had a "relationship."

The cancellation comes after "Today" received a bristling, threatening letter from attorney Lin Wood, Howard's lawyer. Wood, who represented John and Patsy Ramsey, made it clear he would sue the "Today" show for any falsehoods that spewed out of Rita's mouth. Birkhead has also vowed to sue Cosby and others who he claims are in on a plot to "smear" him.

As far as we know, Cosby's assertion of a relationship is rooted in the testimony of Jackie Hatten, a known wacko whose brother served prison time for stalking Anna Nicole.

Make no mistake about it -- this cancellation is a big, frickin' deal.



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whatever    

Damn you Howard!

2515 days ago
2.

Crap 2    

Things that make you say DAMN!

2515 days ago
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whatever    

Figures.

2515 days ago
4.

roughdaddy    

wow,,,this is some story,,,i cant believe the downward spiral rita cosby is slipping down into,,,or will she be vindicated ????stay tune...folks

2515 days ago
5.

whatever    

why would we expect anything different?

2515 days ago
6.

Terry    


This is good, It's what should be done and more.

2515 days ago
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MSNBC    

The TRUTH be told, The Today Show doesn't have any furniture wide enough for Cosby's fat arse or ego?

2515 days ago
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Erica    

Whats so suprising about Birkhead sueing her if he feels the information is not true or defamatory. She has no problem trying to make a buck off this information instead of providing it to the authorities in a timely manner and demanding justice be served. All of the players in this farce are in it for the money.

2515 days ago
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Mia    

She is a witch. Why should she be able to slander and libel at will? She should be sued anyway.

2515 days ago
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Victoria    

Rita has the goods on Howard & Larry. She would not make claims without the proof. She has the video. I want the truth becasue for days and weeks I was consumed with the fantasy of ANS. Lets hear what happened as a learning experience. How was she neglected? Who was responsible?

2515 days ago
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whatever    

Come on Fred #6....People already believe that Howie is a butt ranger. It's not that far fetched of an idea!

2515 days ago
12.

Beautiful Baby    

Getting to close to the truth are we Howie and Larry. Public not gonna go away

2515 days ago
13.

Fred    

If Rita has the goods and is interested in a search for "truth", why did she not contact the authorities? Essentially, she is claiming that these two guys conspired to commit murder and committed a fraud on the court for financial gain.

2515 days ago
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Erica    

If Rita's facts were 100% verified, and without blemish Today would not have cancelled. They have a great legal team that can easily take on Stern / Birkhead. This unfortunatly does raise some questions. I would love to see this whole sordid story laid out, the truth most likely will be much stranger than any fiction.

2515 days ago
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Attention Ho    

Make me sick!

2515 days ago
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