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Matt Lauer

Ariel Castro Interview

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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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donna     

This is disgusting and NBC should be ashamed of themselves. No one needs or wants to see an interview with this sick, depraved man. Is Matt Lauer going to get in his head and help us all understand? Please. All for ratings. Sickening.

450 days ago
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reader    

this is low, even lower than kardashian low. Matt Lauer and NBC should be ashamed. There is no reason to hear another word from this animal, He had his say to the judge. I want to know why pos animal has access to the internet. He was talking about how because he saw a youtube video of one of his victims partying at a concert was proof she did not suffer. SMH. No NBC and NO MATT we do NOT want to hear from this filth.That would just give other twisted minds a chance to fixate on him and give him a fan base. LET HIM ROT

450 days ago
18.

pj    

I wish they'd fire his ass so I could go back to watching the today show

450 days ago
19.

HLyWDgreg    

The only interview I want to hear about is Ariel Castro interviewing bubbas D with his A and mouth. lol

450 days ago
20.

Mikey    

Lauer is a s***bag for wanting to interview this s***. Just close the door and let him rot.

450 days ago
21.

Spanky    

That is one sick disturbed man.

450 days ago
22.

kimkardashisatrainwreck    

Matt go disappear for like ever!

450 days ago
23.

Emerald    

We need to stop giving these criminals a voice. Let the Priests, doctors and psychologists find out what is wrong with him, We don't need to see his face and let his drivel pour into the masses' subconscious. His victims and their family need a voice, and if they don't want to talk, MOVE ON!

450 days ago
24.

Laura    

We don't need to hear from this narcissistic psychopath anymore--the things he said in court were enough. I know it's all about ratings, but is Matt this desperate? How about talking about the victims, their strength, their courage, their ability to survive? Castro wants national attention--he shouldn't get it. He deserves to rot now, and if his fellow prisoners should get ahold of him, better yet. Save the taxpayers a lot of money.

450 days ago
25.

cementmixer    

Matt is a *******.

450 days ago
26.

Deco    

I would have turned it off....... totally not interested in what Castro has to say. Time for this low life to disappear .

450 days ago
27.

BabyBubba    

LiLo has her faults, but she has no comparison with a kidnapping dungeon sex slave hell keeper.

450 days ago
28.

some guy    

If Matt wants to interview someone notoriously terrible, he should sit down with the people who make programming decisions on NBC.

450 days ago
29.

Toilethead    

Why would anyone want to interview that piece of crap? The cops should have shot him when they had the chance.

450 days ago
30.

jj    

Matt Lauer S U C K S .................. S U C K S .....

450 days ago
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