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NBC Reportedly Unhappy With Al Roker's Ryan Lochte Rant

Al Roker rants about Ryan Lochte's apology.

Today show co-host at the Rio Olympics Al Roker didn't buy Ryan Lochte's robbery story. And he wasn't afraid to admit it.

Amidst skepticism over Lochte's Rio saga, the Today anchors tried to analyze the situation. Billy Bush ― who first reported Lochte's robbery on Sunday ― minimized the Olympian's lies. But Al Roker's Ryan Lochte rant was priceless.

" target="_blank" data-beacon="{"p":{"mnid":"entry_text","lnid":"citation","mpid":3}}">Roker shut down co-host Billy Bush's attempted defense of Lochte on Friday's show. He passionately disagreed with Bush's friendly chastisement of the swimmer:

“He lied to you, he lied to Matt Lauer, he lied to his mom, he left his teammates hanging while he skedaddled. There was no robbery, there was no pull over. He lied.”

You can watch Al Roker's Ryan Lochte rant below:

While his assessment of the situation wasn't incorrect, NBC's executives and on-air talent reportedly don't approve of the Al Roker's Ryan Lochte rant.

The Daily Caller went so far as saying that Al Roker's Ryan Lochte rant embarrassed NBC, quoting an anonymous NBC executive in Page Six.

“There were several producers and talent who were left trying to explain Al’s over-the-top behavior...Several insiders found themselves wanting to distance themselves from his response.”

The anonymous source continued,

“It was a great thing to watch online, but a lot of NBC staff thought that he took it way too far for something that, while it was certainly a legitimate issue and certainly bad behavior by Lochte, outrage to that level just wasn’t justified,”

The NBC exec insisted that there is no tension between Roker and the rest of the NBC crew. The anonymous executive confirm that there are no hard feelings between the co-hosts, despite the obvious disagreement on camera: "Everyone here is happy — specifically with the ‘Today’ show’s great ratings.”

Do you think Roker was out of line when criticizing Ryan Lochte?