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Billy Bush Lochte Demanded Sit-Down with Lauer ... There's No Bad Blood!

8/23/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Billy Bush says Matt Lauer did NOT bigfoot him out of the coveted first sit-down interview with Ryan Lochte ... telling TMZ Sports it was Lochte who called the shots.

There are reports that Lauer and his "Today" show team have been mean-girling Bush behind the scenes ... treating him like an "outcast" ever since he joined the show back in May.

And eyebrows were raised when, after Bush scored that huge exclusive 1-on-1 with Lochte on the beach in Rio (the one where Lochte straight up lied) ... the follow-up sit-down went to Lauer.

So, what happened?

Bush says it was Lochte who set the terms for the follow-up and hand-picked Lauer. Bush says any suggestion that Matt orchestrated some diabolical plot to hijack his story is just wrong. 

As for Lochte ... we asked Bush if the swimmer owes him an apology for lying to him on camera -- he didn't exactly say no.

Puff Daddy Hoda Kotb Just Freaked Me!

5/20/2016 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs and the Bad Boy family are back with Mase, Busta Rhymes, 112 and new backup dancer ... Hoda Kotb! Yes, Hoda.

Puffy pumped up this summer's Bad Boy Reunion Tour on the 'Today' Show Friday morning ... and while the stage was packed with superstar singers and rappers -- Kathie Lee's partner in crime stole the show. Check out her super close, semi-grinding moves on P. Diddy.

The crew performed a bunch of hits, including a tribute to Notorious B.I.G. built around his "Mo Money Mo Problems" verse. It was a little awkward ... kinda like Hoda's impromptu audition.

Donald Trump Caitlyn Can Use Any Bathroom She Wants

4/21/2016 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Trump is a progressive on transgender issues ... saying the trans community is welcome to use any bathroom in his slew of buildings.

Donald was on "Today" when Matt posed the question ... if Caitlyn walked into the Trump Tower, what bathroom could she use?

Trump not only opened the bathroom door, he went the extra mile, saying it would be discriminatory to create a bathroom specifically for the trans community. 

Al Roker NYC Cab Driver Was Racist!!!

11/23/2015 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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2:10 PM PT -- The Taxi & Limousine Commission says it's giving the cab driver 2 options: pay a $500 fine or have a hearing where he could possibly have his license suspended up to 30 days.

The same cabbie already paid a $200 fine in May for refusing to pick up someone ... according to the TLC. Al tells us, "I appreciate the TLC's prompt attention to his matter and look forward to a proper resolution."


Al Roker was racially profiled by a NYC cab driver and got so PO'ed about it ... he filed a report with the city's Taxi & Limousine Commission.

Roker says he and his 13-year-old son Nick were trying to hail the cab when it passed them up for a white guy standing on the next block. 

The “Today” weatherman vented on Twitter about how painful it was to explain to his son why the cabbie dissed them. He added ... not all NYC taxi drivers are bad, but he wants to "weed out the bad apples.” 

Roker really hit taxis where it hurts though, by including the plug ... "Wonder why Uber wins?"

Charlie Sheen I'm HIV Positive ... And I've Been Blackmailed for Millions Over It

11/17/2015 4:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Charlie Sheen said it directly, "I'm here to admit I'm in fact HIV positive" -- and defiantly stated he would no longer fork over millions of dollars to buy silence from friends and sexual partners.

Sheen spoke calmly about his diagnosis with Matt Lauer on "Today"... saying he needed to "put a stop to this onslaught of attacks and untruths." He said he's known for roughly 4 years that he is HIV positive, and had "told enough people that I've trusted to be in the position that I'm in today."

TMZ broke the story ... Charlie says he was betrayed by people he trusted with knowledge of his diagnosis, but they ended up revealing it. Lauer asked if Sheen was still paying people, and he said ... "Not after today I'm not! I release myself from this prison today."

He also talked about the moment he found out about the diagnosis, saying he initially thought he had a brain tumor. As for infecting others ... Sheen said he's warned all of his sexual partners ahead of time -- and there were only 2 with whom he'd had unprotected sex, but they "were under the care of my doctor."

As we've reported ... our sources say Charlie has paid several settlements to sexual partners who said they were NOT warned ahead of time. 

Sheen says he doesn't know how he contracted the virus, but feels he has "a responsibility now to better myself and to help a lot of other people."  



Caitlyn Jenner Cops are Wrong Speed NOT a Factor in Fatal Crash

9/9/2015 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Caitlyn Jenner takes issue with the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. investigation that concluded speed was a factor in the fatal PCH crash.

Jenner told Matt Lauer on "Today" she was going 46 in a 50 zone and therefore she was not speeding. TMZ broke the story, the Sheriff's Dept. concluded Jenner should have been going much slower  because traffic had been stopped, and just barely started moving again.

As we reported, Jenner slammed on her brakes a few seconds before the crash and, as she told Lauer, was only a half second away from averting the crash.

Nonetheless, it seems unlikely the D.A. will file criminal charges, but Jenner had some harsh words for the L.A. County Jail system and the way it treats transgender people.

Brian Williams Deception Excuse Makes No Sense

6/19/2015 6:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Brian Williams tried explaining to Matt Lauer why he lied about war and other stories, but he may have dug a deeper hole for himself. 

Williams appeared on "Today" Friday and said the last 5 months have been "torture" for him.  

Matt began probing for motive, and Brian said he somehow drew a truth line ... when he got out of his anchor chair and did a talk show, he got "sloppier" because he felt the pressure of having to be quick and funny.

Matt then followed up and asked about lies Brian told in the anchor chair, and Brian said, "It came from a sloppy choice of words."  

It doesn't make sense ... in the anchor chair there was no pressure to be quick or funny ... so how is that a "sloppiness" issue rather than a lying issue?

Rachel Dolezal's Father She's Lying ... About Brown Crayons

6/16/2015 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0616-larry-rachel-dolezal-abc-01The lies keep coming from Rachel Dolezal ... according to her father, who says she told another big one to Matt Lauer when she talked about drawing herself with brown crayons.

Larry Dolezal tells TMZ it simply never happened -- he never saw his daughter using brown crayons instead of "peach" ... as she claimed she did when she was 5 years old. He says she didn't start "fantasizing" herself as black until her 20s or 30s.

After watching Rachel on "Today" ... her father thinks she's still trying to deceive people, and says he wishes she would just be honest. He has no problem with her identifying as black and assimilating into the culture ... as long as she's honest about who she is. 

Dolezal added, "What would you think if I said to you since I adopted 4 African-American children I'm going to identify as black. I have a pretty good tan. Is that enough?"


Rachel Dolezal 'I Identify As Black'

6/16/2015 5:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rachel Dolezal says she identifies as a black woman ... which she claims began when she was just five years old.

Dolezal, sitting down with Matt Lauer on NBC News' "Today," says she used to color self-portraits as a child ... using a brown crayon instead of a peach one.

The ousted NAACP leader claims she never doctored her appearance -- or donned "blackface" -- in order to pass as African-American, explaining, "I don't put on blackface as a performance ... I certainly don’t stay out of the sun."

Dolezal was joined by two of her sons, Isaiah and Franklin, who Dolezal says identify her "culturally" as black. 


Rachel Dolezal Just Blending In

6/15/2015 2:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0615-rachel-dolezal-leaving-airport-TWITTER-01Rachel Dolezal's not hiding from the controversy -- she was easily the most photographed passenger at Spokane International Airport on Monday.

Hours after she submitted her resignation to the NAACP, Rachel slipped into a low cut dress and heels -- and was spotted around Spokane ... and then headed to the airport.

Rachel was still rocking her perm as she stood in line at the TSA checkpoint.

No word where she's flying, but our guess is somewhere for a sit-down interview. The networks/Oprah aren't about to let a story this juicy go away quietly.update_graphic_red_bar3:25 PM PT -- We have a winner in the RD sweepstakes! NBC just announced Dolezal will be on Tuesday's episode of "Today."

Tracy Morgan Breaks Down Describing Fatal Crash

6/1/2015 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tracy Morgan could not contain his emotions as he described the pain of the car accident that took his friend's life.

Morgan told Matt Lauer on "Today" ... it wasn't until he came out of a coma two weeks after the accident that he learned his friend, comedian James McNair, was killed in the crash.

Morgan broke down several times as he described the torment of the crash ... both physical and emotional.

Morgan said he has good days and bad ones ... and forgets things from time to time. He suffered a serious brain injury from the crash. Tracy says  he deals with nosebleeds and headaches, which he tries to hide from his family.

Morgan said he's glad the case against Walmart is behind him. The case was recently settled.

Kim Kardashian The Kardashians Are Behind Bruce Jenner 100 PERCENT

4/27/2015 6:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

There is absolutely no dissent in the Kardashian camp when it comes to Bruce Jenner ... they all support him completely ... so says Kim Kardashian

KK hit up the "Today" show Monday morning to talk about Bruce's moving and heartfelt interview with Diane Sawyer. She told Matt Lauer the family is still adjusting to things -- like what pronoun to use when discussing Bruce.  

She also says it's all very new, and they're still adjusting.

Pete Carroll I Cried Over Loss I Thought Pass Would Work

2/5/2015 6:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Pete Carroll says he actually cried over his Super Bowl fail ... but he's still defending his decision to PASS on that infamous play from the goal line.

The Seattle Seahawks coach sat down with NBC's Matt Lauer for the "Today" show -- and spilled his guts about the play that's been hailed as the worst call in Super Bowl history. 

"I never make a call thinking it's gonna go bad," Carroll said ... "This was properly planned. It just didn't turn out well."

As for the tears, Carroll says he was hit with a wave of emotion around 4:05 AM the next day ... and just let the waterworks go.   

When Lauer asked if the play was the worst call ever ... Carroll replied, "It was the worst result of a call ever. The call woulda been a great one if we caught it."

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