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Al Roker blasts Ryan Lochte: "He lied!"

Al Roker lit into U.S. Swim Team member Ryan Lochte during an on-air discussion with colleagues  Natalie Morales and Billy Bush.

"He lied. He lied to you (Bush), he lied to Matt Lauer, he lied to his mom, he left his teammates hanging and he skedaddled," Roker said. "He lied!"

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Lochte fell on his verbal sword during an interview with Lauer that started airing over the weekend.  The entire interview airs during Monday’s “Today” show.

“I’m taking full responsibility,” Lochte said. “I over-exaggerated that story. If I hadn’t done that we wouldn’t be in this mess. None of this would have happened. It was my immature behavior.”

Bush showed a willingness to view things from Lochte's perspective. While the harrowing tale the celebrity athletes initially gave was fantastically embellished, his teammate, UGA Gunnar Bentz said in a statement that the swimmers did indeed have a weapon pointed in their direction after Lochte banged up a sign and security guards responded, demaning money.

Roker wasn't impressed, saying, "We agree to disagree."

Here's the clip:


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Gunnar Bentz’ full statement

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TMZ says “missing video footage” supports Lochte’s original story

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Here are photos of the gas-station damage Ryan Lochte caused in Rio

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The unique cocktail Ryan Lochte enjoyed in Atlanta before Rio

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