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