Sheen tells Lauer on Today, that he is HIV positive, but he does not have AIDS:
I’m here to admit that I am in fact HIV Positive…It started with what I thought was a series of crushing headaches. I thought I had a brain tumor. I thought it was over. It’s a hard three letters to absorb. It’s a turning point in one’s life…[I had to speak out] to put a stop to this barrage of attacks of sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that threaten the health of so many others…I have a responsibility now to better myself and help a lot of other people.
Sheen also says he has been the victim of years of blackmail, giving millions of dollars in extortion money to prostitutes with whom he had relations in hopes that they would keep his HIV status a secret.
My trust turned to their treason.
He admits having unprotected sex with two individuals, whom he says were warned beforehand and “under the care” of his doctor.He also says he’s no longer doing drugs, but still drinks “a little bit.”
Mitchell tells Lauer on Today that she cooperated with demands for help from Matt and Sweat because Matt had threatened members of her family.
People need to know that I was only trying to save my family.
She said she was depressed because she thought her husband on longer loved her.
I was going through depression and I guess they saw my weakness, and that’s how it all started.
Mitchell says she befriended both men and brought them cookies and brownies. She eventually smuggled tools to them in bags that the prison staff failed to search. The inmates’ escape plot included Mitchell picking them up outside the prison after the breakout, but she suffered a panic attack, and her husband took her to a hospital. Mitchell said Matt and Sweat planned to kill her husband during their getaway.
In an interview with Lauer on Today, Jenner says she cannot say much about the crash as she is involved in litigation, but admits her fears over possibly being sent to Los Angeles Men’s County Jail should she be charged with misdemeanor manslaughter.
I remember it happening. That’s about it…A tragedy like this, you’ll never get over it. You just learn to live with it the best you possibly can…That [going to men’s jail] is the worst case scenario. I don’t know. We’ll see. The Men’s County Jail. It is an enormous problem that they would put trans-women in Men’s County Jail.
She also says she has no regrets transitioning.
I think about my life — and where I’m at in my life right now. What a tremendous experience this is. Hardly nobody gets to live two genders in their life. Everybody wonders, ‘Oh, what’s it like to be coming from the other side?’ You know, their thinking, the way they act, everything? And here I have the opportunity to do that. And to be honest with you, everything’s so new and fun. From that standpoint, it’s been great. There’s nothing more, nothing better in life to wake up in the morning, look at yourself in the mirror and feel comfortable with yourself and who you are.
On the Today Show, Dolezal tells Lauer that she identifies as black — something she started doing at the age of five.
I was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon, and black curly hair. I do take exception to that because it’s a little more complex than me identifying as black or answering a question of, are you black or white?
Malik responds to Lauer’s questions which implied possible substance abuse as a reason for his no-show during One Direction’s scheduled appearance on the Today show.
I’m really angry and upset by what was said on The Today Show. I was really ill at the weekend, that’s why I couldn’t fly to America. I was gutted to have to miss album release day, but I’m going to be back as soon as I can. As soon as I’m feeling better I’m going to join the guys and carry on with the promotion for the album.
Lauer questions Malik’s no-show for an appearance by One Direction on the Today show to promote the band’s new album Four. Lauer says there are rumors that Malik suffers from substance abuse. Lauer:
There’s obviously a lot of concern, a lot of fans have been tweeting overnight. There’s been a lot of action on social media about him. Is it something more serious than just a minor illness? There have been rumors of substance abuse. What’s going on?
No, he’s just got a stomach bug. He’s okay. He’s just at home. He just needs to rest. He’s okay.
Seacrest interviews Lauer during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about how he deals with time zones during travel for his tv show Where In The World Is Matt Lauer.
Your first three days you can stay as much as possible on New York time. By the end of the week your just all over the place. You have no idea where you are. For example, in Kuala Lumpur we get done with the show, and my body is telling me its mid-morning so I should just relax for the rest of the day, but its already midnight in Kuala Lumpur. Its pitch black. So your body reacts to that stimulus and wants to go to bed.
Deen rejoins Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today Show just one year after an emotional appearance on the show where Deen discussed a racist statement she made years earlier. Deen discusses her mental state during the prior year’s appearance and apologizes for the scandal:
That was a woman in trauma, shock, trying to understand what happened. And you know the cold hard fact, Matt, is I probably should not have been here. I should have been home, maybe under the care of a doctor. My words hurt people. They disappointed people, and quite frankly I disappointed myself. And for that I’m so sorry. I’m so, so sorry for the hurt I caused people. Because it went deep.
Seacrest interviews Lauer during On Air With Ryan Seacrest and questions him about taking over sportscasting the Winter Olympics for Bob Costas who caught a bad case of pink eye.
I went in yesterday and they put me in a completely different dressing room. The makeup artist Kris, who has been his longtime makeup artist, told me that she guaranteed me she bought all new makeup and all new brushes. The chair I was sitting in was not his chair, but they still wiped it down. Then I walked into the studio and they told me, ‘Don’t worry. We’ve wiped the counters down. We’ve wiped the chair down.’
In an interview with Lauer on The Today Show, West apologizes to Bush for saying he doesn’t care about black people
I would tell George Bush in my moment of frustration, I didn’t have the grounds to call him a racist. I believe that in a situation of high emotion like that we as human beings don’t always choose the right words.
Green, a California lawyer, appears on the Today show and alleges that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in the 1970s.Green tells Lauer that Cosby, who had given her pills to combat a fever, drove her to her apartment and began:
groping me and kissing me and touching me and handling me and … taking off my clothes.
According to Green, Cosby left two $100 bills on her coffee table afterwards. Cosby’s lawyer:
Miss Green’s allegations are absolutely false. Mr. Cosby does not know the name Tamara Green or Tamara Lucier [her maiden name], and the incident she describes did not happen. The fact that she may have repeated this story to others is not corroboration.
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