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Bode Miller

Don't Blame Reporter For Painful Olympics Interview

... Blame NBC!

2/17/2014 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Bode Miller says he's NOT upset with reporter Christin Cooper ... after she pushed him so hard about the skier's dead brother during a post-race interview yesterday, he broke down in tears.

Instead, it appears Bode is placing the blame on Christin's bosses at NBC.

The interview took place moments after Bode placed 3rd in the Men's Alpine Super G event in Sochi -- when Cooper kept asking questions about Bode's bro Chilly, who passed away recently from a seizure.

Bode broke down and cried -- ending the interview ... and almost instantly, the cyber-backlash began against Cooper.

But last night, Bode went to Twitter and wrote, "I appreciate everyone sticking up for me. Please be gentle w christin cooper, it was crazy emotional and not all her fault. #heatofthemoment."

He continued, "My emotions were very raw, she asked the questions that every interviewer would have, pushing is part of it, she wasn't trying to cause pain."

Here's where it gets interesting ... 'cause a short time later, he re-posted a tweet from a fan who wrote, "Bode. It wasn't her fault. It was the fault of @NBCOlympics producers. She was being told what to ask."

Subtle, but clearly he signs off on the fan's opinion.

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13 COMMENTS

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1.

Usagi-chan    

The question was fair game.

213 days ago
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Madelaine J    

She could have stopped. But she chose to push those tears. Push him at such an emotional time. Sucks that it went there tbh.

213 days ago
3.

Matt    

It reminded me of the interviewer in Jerry McGuire

213 days ago
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TuxThePenguin    

gawd. that sucks. this was his moment to try to be happy during a stressful time.

213 days ago
5.

sh    

I am from San Diego too and LOVE Bode. He has had a tough year with losing his brother and then the custody battle with a woman who is nothing but an immature golddigger. Talk about a fame whore! She has shown what she is made of, and I am happy Bode has found Morgan. She is a sweetie! You 're a winner, Bode!

213 days ago
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DirkDiggler    

I think he was just relieved to have medaled

213 days ago
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NoDoubtfan     

Ugh that's so sad, yet she keeps pushing the questions. What a prick.

213 days ago
8.

RachesRules    

NBC chose to air it. They're the aholes. And of course now tmz is airing it, but acting like they're appalled.

212 days ago
9.

Vote2012    

The NBC coverage of these Olympics has been a disgrace. They asked this guy about his dead brother, they asked that female luge racer about her miscarriage, they have trashed Putin and Russia, and that Mary the manly woman acts likes she is half drunk every night on air. The left wing liberal wacko Bob Costas gets pink eye, and the others bitch and moan they do not want to fill in for him....click that is my TV being turned off from NBC.

212 days ago
10.

MGFunk    

Why do we Americans love placing responsibility on anyone OTHER than ourselves?! This was the reporters fault for posing the question in such a heartless manner and not even saying anything to him while he cries in front of everyone. Sh said NOTHING. IT'S HER GD FAULT! SHE ASKED THE DAMN QUESTION!! JESUS FUKING CHRIST!!

212 days ago
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Steve O'Beck    

That was the producer pushing those buttons...(F<>K NBC)

212 days ago

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