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Ryan Lochte Tells Matt Lauer He 'Definitely Had Too Much to Drink' On Night of Gas Station Incident

Ryan Lochte is opening up about his robbery allegations and taking responsibility for his actions.

During an interview on NBC with Matt Lauer, the 32-year-old Olympics swimmer spoke about the late-night incident involving him and three teammates at a Rio de Janiero gas station last weekend and how he “over-exaggerated” the story.

Initially, Ryan said that he and teammates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at gunpoint – all allegations were founded to be made up.

According to Gunnar and Brazilian officials, the U.S. swimmers got rowdy and vandalized a gas station. Interpreters for the swimmers pleaded with the gas station employees not to call the police on them, and a gun was drawn, and the swimmers had to pay for the damage they caused.

Ryan explained his situation by saying, “whether you call it a robbery or extortion or us paying just for the damages. All we know was there was a gun pointed in our direction and were demanded to give money.”

“We just wanted to get out of there,” Ryan continued. “There was a gun pointed in our direction. We were all frightened, and we wanted to get out of there as quick as possible. The only way we knew was this guy saying you have to give them money, so we gave them money and we got out.”

When he was interviewed about the situation the following day, Ryan claims he was “still intoxicated” from the night before because he “definitely had way too much to drink.”

Later on in the interview, Ryan fought back tears as he described how he felt being back in the U.S. while his teammates were detained in Brazil for further interrogations.

“I let my team down,” Ryan said. “I wanted to be there. Like, I don’t want them to think that I left and left them dry, because they were my teammates. I wanted to definitely be there, and I wanted to help out any way I could.”

“I was immature, and I made a stupid mistake,” Ryan said. “I’m human. I’ll definitely learn from this. I’m just really sorry.”

The second part of Matt Lauer‘s interview with Ryan Lochte will air Monday morning on NBC.


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Ryan Lochte Will Discuss Rio Incident in Matt Lauer Interview

Ryan Lochte will open up about his scandal in Rio in an interview with Matt Lauer that will air in primetime on NBC.

The 32-year-old swimmer’s interview will air partially TONIGHT (August 20) during coverage of the Olympics and portions of the interview will be shown on The Today Show on Monday morning.

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Ryan issued an apology statement this weekend for his behavior in the incident at a gas station in Rio and “not being more careful and candid” in the way he described what happened originally.

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Chelsea Clinton 'Absolutely' Considers Ivanka Trump a Friend Despite Presidential Race

Chelsea Clinton is a longtime friend of Ivanka Trump and she says the presidential race between their parents has not affected their friendship.

When asked by The Today Show‘s Matt Lauer if she would still consider Ivanka a friend, Chelsea said, “Absolutely.”

“Why not convene a summit?” Matt said in response. “A children’s summit. Maybe just a daughter summit. You and Ivanka sit down over a cup of coffee and discuss tone and discuss what it’s like to hear those things coming out of the other candidate’s mouth about the person you love.”

“It isn’t something that had occurred to me but it’s certainly something I would consider,” Chelsea replied. “I think it was clear last week, when Ivanka introduced her dad, that she’s so proud of him. I hope it will be at least as clear why I’m so proud of my mom when I introduce her, here, in Philadelphia. And yet clearly Ivanka and I have very different views about who we think should be our president, who we think best represents our country.”

Matt Lauer & Natalie Morales Deny Affair Rumors

Matt Lauer and Natalie Morales are speaking out to deny rumors that they are having an affair.

Reports spread that Natalie decided to leave her position at The Today Show and move to Los Angeles to work on Access Hollywood as Matt no longer wanted to work with her.

“There is absolutely no truth to this completely absurd story,” Natalie said in a statement (via Page Six). “It is damaging, hurtful and extremely sexist. I have proven myself in all aspects of my job as a news professional and journalist, and am adding to my role, taking on three jobs with Access Hollywood Live and Access Hollywood, in addition to Today. This move was dictated by me and my desire to grow in my career. Any insinuations beyond that are uninformed.”

“Every aspect of this story is untrue, and it’s frankly sad that someone would tell lies to harm everyone involved,” Matt added in his own statement.

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Sacha Baron Cohen Handcuffs Himself to Matt Lauer (Video)

Sacha Baron Cohen rocks a cowboy hat and shirt while discussing his new film The Brothers Grimsby at AOL Studios on Wednesday (March 9) in New York City.

Earlier in the day, the 44-year-old actor stopped by The Today Show as his character Nobby and somehow handcuffed himself to a very reluctant Matt Lauer.

“I am not putting myself in that handcuff with you,” Matt said.

Nobby then tried to free them by using butter, which didn’t really work out. Watch the funny interview below!


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Matt Lauer & Al Roker Suit Up for Golden Globes 2016

Matt Lauer and Al Roker buddy up as they arrive at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday (January 10) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The guys were joined on the red carpet by their Today co-hosts Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie.

“Meet Al’s Angels, the women who will make me look good on the 2016 @goldenglobes Full coverage on @TODAYshow,” Al tweeted earlier in the day.

Make sure to tune in for the 2016 Golden Globes, hosted by Ricky Gervais, TONIGHT at 8/7c on NBC!

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Ellen DeGeneres Reignites Prank War with Matt Lauer, Involves Adele - Watch Now!

It looks like Ellen DeGeneres has reignited her prank was with the Today show’s Matt Lauer!

The 57-year-old talk show host pulled a number of pranks on Matt last year, and this time, it looks like she involved Adele!

“I made a resolution [that] in 2016, I was not going to mess with Matt Lauer anymore,” Ellen said in the clip. “Instead I’ll just show you this clip of him interviewing Adele.”

In the clip, it looks like Matt is trying to lick Adele‘s hand. Haha!

Watch below for a preview…

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