Billy Bush — Lochte Demanded Sit-Down with Lauer … There's No Bad Blood! (VIDEO)


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.

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