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Matt Lauer

Ariel Castro Interview

SHUT DOWN

8/2/2013 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ohio rapist kidnapper Ariel Castro is the new Lindsay Lohan ... at least in Matt Lauer's eyes -- because the "Today" host has been turned away from interviewing him, TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us, Matt and his crew showed up Friday morning at the Cuyahoga County justice center in Cleveland -- where Castro is being held -- but sheriff's deputies turned him away because the media was persona non grata.

It wasn't Castro's choice -- we're told Lauer's timing was just off.  In fact, sources at the jail tell TMZ ... when Lauer walked in to the jail, he made it seem as if the interview was prearranged -- something to the effect of, "I'm here to interview Ariel Castro."

It's the second time Lauer's been turned away from a major interview -- back in 2011, Lindsay Lohan shut Matt down at her front door.

A rep for the "Today" show declined comment.

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1.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

(1) Matt Lauer is a douche nozzle. (2) I doubt if it was Castro's decision; I watched some of that trial and the judge wasn't havin' it. Castro will be in the bowels of that prison never to see the light of day. Amen.

449 days ago
2.

CMC82    

Probably for the best! I don't want to hear anything else that sorry excuse for a human being has to say and he doesn't deserve the air time!

449 days ago
3.

jackmama311    

lauer's cred is really shot when you can't even get face time w/ a criminal....maybe matt should commit a crime and get locked up w/ ariel....just a thought.

449 days ago
4.

Joe    

should have told him, "

"We are Team Ann"

449 days ago
5.

ANNIE24    

Nobody gives a crap what this douche has to say. Don't give him any airtime and just let him disappear from society. This goes for Ariel too.

449 days ago
6.

Belizeanborn    

Seriously, no one wants to hear what this monster has to say. Let him rot in jail for as long as the other prisoners let him live. Lauer is only doing this for ratings and ratings alone. Happy it was stopped.

449 days ago
7.

Ashley     

this man is pure evil......!
but fox new should be reporting on this as well...but we know they won't, one sided news.......
http://politicalblindspot.org/new-evidence-suggests-the-black-teens-accused-of-shooting-white-baby-were-not-involved/

449 days ago
8.

Canadasux    

Why doesn't Ohio have the death penalty for criminal f*cks like this?

449 days ago
9.

Roscho    

Sorry a$$ producers.

He should have interviewed Wi Tu Lo, Bang Ding Ow, Ho Le Fuk, and Sum Ting Wong instead.

449 days ago
10.

tippy katz    

I think we've heard what he has to say. enough--now he needs to rot in jail, forgotten.

449 days ago
11.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

What a douche. Juice card denied.

449 days ago
12.

Dingo Ate My Baby    

That's why you always call ahead. Lol

449 days ago
13.

CLINT    

Who cares what he has to say. If I never see his face or hear his voice again I'll be happy. And Bless those three women who suffered at his hands. Pretty sure they want to forget the horrors he inflicted.

449 days ago
14.

William Kramer    

probably because Matt Lauer is a douch

449 days ago
15.

E    

Matt Lauer is a turd.

449 days ago
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