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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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31.

jj    

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

393 days ago
32.

jake    

I Do Not think ANYONE "NEEDS to Interview" this SICK POS !!! Bad enough that he did what he did---Nobody needs to hear his "SICK Sob story"---NO air time should be given to this EVIL POS !!

393 days ago
33.

gd4nthg    

nobody cares for that POS so why interview, nothing but more lies.

393 days ago
34.

gd4nthg    

He should have been sentenced to death, why, because now the tax payers pay for his room and board, food, water & power, his medical, dental, etc... and who are the tax payers HIS VICTIMS! and us of course. Truly sad.

393 days ago
35.

Zarley    

HE should brought Ann Curry on a 80 ft chain..He would have got inside the jail..

393 days ago
36.

Danielle123    

Who in the world would want to interview this sick f*ck anyway? Disgusting. Willing to give anyone a platform to spew their BS. Anything for ratings though, right?

393 days ago
37.

OK    

Um, the trial is over. Let this very sick man serve out his punishment and we DO NOT need to hear any more nonsense out of his evil mouth.

393 days ago
38.

Twoshay    

What the hell is wrong with society! Stop glamorizing these sick f@@@s !!

393 days ago
39.

ravenfan    

POS should've been put to death on national t.v.

393 days ago
40.

Bean    

How Sad the desperation of matt lauer. He won't take a pay cut. I think it's just time for him to pack it up! Never watch the show he's on for years now!!

393 days ago
41.

backfire    

Whats with interviewing people who perpetrate horrible crimes? Exit. End. No one wants to see or hear from them again.

393 days ago
42.

jill    

Matt Lauer is a disgusting jerk. just seeing his face makes me cringe. I cant wait till they fire his bum. I want to hear NOTHING from castro either. Frankly , he deserves the death penalty.

393 days ago
43.

miss b    

EVIL.

393 days ago
44.

Glenda     

He doesn't need interviewing that is giving him a voice in all of this, he needs to go to prison and rot.

393 days ago
45.

Sam    

Why does this idiot lauer want to interview this piece of ****. Castro should be burned at the stake while he's alive.

393 days ago
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