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Michael Phelps Opens Up About His DUI & Rehab — Admitting There Was A Time He 'Didn't Want To See Another Day'!

| Filed under: Legal MattersMichael PhelpsRehabAlcoholOlympicsSwimmingMatt LauerControversy

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Even though Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympic athlete in the history of the games, it doesn't mean he's perfect.

As we're sure you know, the 30-year-old was arrested and charged with DUI back in 2014 to which he plead guilty and ended up going to rehab.

Well after getting his mind right, the gold medal athlete decided to turn things around and announce that he would be coming out of retirement and competing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio this year!

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Of course, many fans are still curious about Phelps' troubles, so the studly swimmer sat down with Matt Lauer on TODAY to get completely candid about his problems.

Not only did the Olympian admit he was in a "downward spiral" but he went on to dish there was even a point when he "didn't want to see another day." Thankfully, the aquatic athlete now has a new outlook on life and is looking forward to retiring the way he wants to retire!

Ch-ch-check out Michael's interview with Matt (below) and let us know your thoughts on the athlete's return to glory!

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Music Exec L.A. Reid Says Prince's Death Is 'Mysterious' As The Singer Was 'Super Healthy' & 'Wasn't An Abuser Of Drugs'

| Filed under: R.I.P.PrinceSad SadX FactorHealthVeganMatt Lauer

Prince and L.A. Reid

As one of the music industry's top executives, there's no doubt L.A. Reid had a close relationship with Prince.

As you're aware, the music icon was found dead in his Minnesota estate on Thursday morning. Although the exact cause of death remains unconfirmed, his reps maintain Prince was suffering from the flu. Other reports claim a potential drug overdose triggered his untimely passing. An autopsy is set to be conducted today.

The 59-year-old producer appeared on the Today show on Friday morning to mourn the loss of his beloved friend and collaborator.

Related: All The Latest News On Prince's Passing

Reid told Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer that he is deeply shocked by the news — especially considering how healthy he had known the Purple Rain singer to be:

"The thing that really bothers me about it is the Prince I know was, like, super healthy. Vegan, wasn't an abuser of drugs, wasn't an abuser of alcohol, you know. He lived right, and he was clean. He looked young, he looked really healthy and vibrant. So the whole thing is really mysterious to me."

That is very strange!

He continued by remembering his talented friend:

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Watch Donald Trump Talk Caitlyn Jenner, The NC Bathroom Debate, & Harriet Tubman — And Actually Say Something We Agree With!

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It's no surprise that Donald Trump has a lot of opinions that we do NOT agree with — but when he stopped by TODAY, he actually said something we support!

Since the whole North Carolina bathroom bill is such a hot button issue, Matt Lauer decided to ask Trump what his opinion was on the matter — specifically, which bathroom the former Celebrity Apprentice star thought Caitlyn Jenner should use should she visit Trump Tower!

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The 69-year-old surprised us by saying he would be perfectly fine with her using whichever bathroom she felt comfortable with.

Seriously, these words came out of Trump's mouth!

Of course our kudos for the presidential hopeful ended there as he was also asked about Harriet Tubman replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 to which he said the decision only happened due to "political correctness." The ochre haired politician also agreed with his new crony Ben Carson and said maybe Harriet should be put on another denomination like the $2 bill. UGH.

Ch-ch-check out the businessman talk about NC's bathroom bill, as well as his thoughts on the new face of the $20 bill (below)!

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Donald Trump Responds To Brussels Attack By Recommending More Torture, Says As President He'd Do 'A Lot More Than Waterboarding'

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How would President Donald Trump handle the type of crisis Brussels is dealing with in the wake of deadly terror attacks?

That's what TODAY hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie asked the leading GOP Presidential candidate Tuesday morning.

Trump started off by explaining how not allowing "certain people" into the country in the first place would help — not too far from his normal xenophobic platform.

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But next he suggested that as President he would seek to "expand the laws" to allow more torture of suspects, saying:

"Frankly, the waterboarding, if it was up to me, and if we changed the laws or had the laws, waterboarding would be fine. If they could expand the laws, I would do a lot more than waterboarding. You have to get the information from these people."

See Donald's full response to Tuesday's tragedy (below):

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Nancy Reagan's Son Ronnie Regan Speaks Out On His Mother's Death

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Nancy Reagan lived a long and rich life.

Shortly after Nancy passed away at age 94 this past Sunday, her son Ron Reagan spoke to Matt Lauer about the loss. Matt also interviewed Ronnie following his father and former president Ronald Reagan death in 2004.

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While Nance obviously had a lot of accomplishments throughout her life, she was most proud to be Ronald's wife and the first lady of the White House. According to Ron, her relationship with Mr. Reagan was paramount.

Speaking on his mother's marital bliss with his father, Ron gushed:

"She was totally dedicated to her husband, and I know that that sounds anti-feminist, but I don't really mean it in that way. She loved her husband more than anything in the world and I think that you could make the case that the Ronald Reagan that we came to know … would not have existed without Nancy Reagan."

Aww, so touching. It definitely takes teamwork to make the dream work.

R.R. went on to add that his momma was not the same following the ex-Potus' death:

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Ryan Reynolds Awkwardly Sings Ex Alanis Morissette's Song On Today! WATCH HERE!

| Filed under: Music MinuteOops!Alanis MorissetteLove LineScarlett JohanssonRyan ReynoldsBlake LivelyMatt Lauer

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Don't tell Blake Lively!

On Wednesday, Ryan Reynolds appeared on Today where Matt Lauer asked him which super power he would have if he had a choice.

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Without missing a beat, the hunky actor replied:

"On demand, reenact any 80s music video in slow motion."

We definitely give him points for originality!

Reynolds then belted out These Dreams by Heart and Angel of the Morning by Juice Newton! When asked about a 90s song, the Canadian sang a line from Alanis Morissette's classic hit Ironic.

He sang:

"Isn't it ironic?… Don't you think?"

The problem? The two were actually engaged from 2004-2007!

You heard us right! The thespian and the songstress began dating in 2002. After they broke up, Ryan dated and then married Scarlett Johansson. So awkward!

To see the clip, ch-ch-check it out (below)

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Sarah Palin Gets Testy On TODAY When Asked About Her Recent Comments On Vets & Domestic Violence! Watch The Tension!

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Whoa!

Sarah Palin was on TODAY Monday morning to talk Donald Trump, but the conversation very quickly turned heated!

Speaking to hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie, Palin started off explaining her reasoning for endorsing The Donald, but things unraveled pretty quickly when Guthrie asked the former governor about her son Track's domestic violence arrest.

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Specifically, the TV host wanted to know about Palin's comments seemingly blaming the arrest on Barack Obama, and, well, Sarah did NOT take too kindly to that.

Ch-ch-check out the testy exchange (below):

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