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Lindsay Shuts Down

Matt Lauer Interview

IN HIS FACE

6/22/2011 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lindsay Lohan pulled the plug on Matt Lauer last night, just before cameras were supposed to roll for her big sit-down interview.

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NBC sources tell TMZ ... Lauer flew to L.A. yesterday, and showed up at Lindsay's Venice loft around 6 PM.  

We're told Lindsay was actually in the makeup chair when things went south.  Sources close to Lindsay tell TMZ ... Lauer's team blindsided them by saying the interview would be extremely lengthy because producers were planning to put it on "Dateline" as well as "Today."

Lindsay kicked up her heels, saying she was told it would only be a 15-minute interview, and refused to sit for anything longer.  The two sides began arguing -- to no avail -- and then Matt just packed up and left.

We're told before Lindsay made her decision, she consulted her publicist, Steve Honig, who agreed it was not the right time to do a televised and in depth interview. Once Lindsay decided to call it off,  Honig broke the news to Lauer.

Our NBC sources say producers made it clear to Lindsay and her people before Matt even got on the plane that the interview would be lengthy ... because it was servicing two shows.

Matt was not on "Today" today, and he's just about to land back in the Big Apple.

At least he got some AAdvantage miles out of it.

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76.

D    

Lou, I'm predicting a huge movie on Lifetime that she's in. Just HUGE.

1221 days ago
77.

lou    

Red Cloud,

I think the clouds have obscured your eyes today. She's not going to be on Dateline or Today not today, not tomorrow, not ever - do you really think they'll take a chance on her again after peessing off Matt Lauer and making him travel cross country only to be rebuffed by her temper tantrum?

She sure knows how to treat people badly - from A to Z.

1221 days ago
78.

cdm    

You go girl,go home you dumb @ss liberal!

1221 days ago
79.

Sloane    

self-sabotoging fool!

the Today show shouldn't ever give her anymore time after this
and Matt ahs always treated her and her family with respect

why in the world would someone- at the bottom of the movie barrel- decide that this was the time to act like a spoiled little diva

1221 days ago
80.

Red Cloud    

lou,

She will be on these shows or something else on a major network or two. Mark my words. Lots of people are interested in Lindsay. The Google numbers I throw around are half in jest, but that means I'm 50% serious. The numbers are gigantic and should not be ignored.
Glad you like my avatar.

I'm gone.

1221 days ago
81.

BigmoneyBleezy    

Here is the bottom line, no one should believe a word she says anyways. How about this... lets talk in 2 years after she has demonstrated drug free, law abiding habits. Then I may believe her programmed, pre-planned, puppeteer-ed responses to Lauer's obvious line of questioning.

I caught a minute of this broad on some talk show recently claiming she is getting her **** together, and then she was busted soon after. She is an addict. Take the spot light off of her for awhile to let her get her **** together, but TMZ will never do that. Cause when that final shoe drops they want to be the first for the ratings and web traffic.

1221 days ago
82.

Metal70s    

Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy! Hahahahahaha!

Lauer is a walking arse crack!

Lohan's people probably wised up, figured out the interview would end up as a 'hit piece'and gave him the cold shoulder he deserves.

1221 days ago
83.

Marilyn    

My gosh, you'd think she'd welcome the airtime and opportunity to reach a wide (and movie-ticket-buying) audience. It's interesting that she finds this inappropriate but considers being the face of a cheap auction website a good career choice. Who is advising this young woman?

1221 days ago
84.

themare    

Hope they disinfected the makeup chair after she sat in it.

1221 days ago
85.

lou    

Add Matt Lauer to this list that I found by Googling Lindsay Lohan Hates:

Under Lindsay Hates:
Marilyn Manson hates LL
Louis Vuitton Hates LL
Frances Bean Cobain Hates LL
India (yes, the entire continent!) Hates LL
America Ferrera Hates LL
Madonna hates her
Benji Madden hates the sight of her
Amanda Seyfried hates her
Peter Griffin hates her
Pari******on and Brandon Davi*****e her
And Canada too (go, Cannooks!)
While Anderson Cooper just hates Living Lohan
Samantha Ronson's family hates her
As does Ron Weasley, whoever he is
America hates her as well, and we're asked "why?"
Everyone hates her fashion line (yeah, we already knew that)
Megan Fox hates her - and while dumb as a box of rocks, Meagan is HOT
Hayden Pantyhose, or however you spell her name, hates her too
Clint Eastwood does as well.
As does Hillary Duff
While Scarlett Johanson wonders why Lilo hates her?
And Lindsay's Lawyer says that TMZ User*****e LL too much

1221 days ago
86.

Kathy    

I believe Lauer. Lohan must be stupid to not know what was going to happen. I'm glad the interview was canceled because I would have had to switch to another program when she would have been on. Very boring.

1221 days ago
87.

Grandma Cracker    

Has Sitting Bull been wrong yet???

Uhmm, yeah....you are way wrong on your controlled drinking prediction for Lindsay (and for you too my friend)

but beyond that I think it was good that she did not do this interview at this time. She has very little positive in her court at this very minute and would have set herself up for a big old can of whoop ass and I would dare to say this was not an interview that would have been soft and fluffy for her.

Maybe down the road, but for sure not at this time......

1221 days ago
88.

Puckett    

Good move. F&ck Lauer, NBC and Dateline. They only thing they're interested in is lurid Dateline ratings at her expense. Lindsay may be crazy but she ain't that stupid. F&ck Lauer and hi*****chet job Dateline antics.

1221 days ago
89.

Julie    

Always drama with this one. Of course it didn't play out as planned.

1221 days ago
90.

Mimi    

I think she should have done the interview. Doing a lengthy thing that also goes on Dateline would have been a good thing, imo. That way she could explain herself, defend herself from the accusations, and tell her side of the story. Maybe she wasn't prepared to be asked all sorts of tough questions but if she has nothing to hide about the whole thing, she shouldn't have a problem doing it. I think it was a big mistake on her and her team's part to cancel this interview (and get more bad publicity as a result).

1221 days ago
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