Matt Lauer — Ariel Castro Interview SHUT DOWN

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Ohio rapist kidnapper Ariel Castro is the new Lindsay Lohan … at least in Matt Lauer“s eyes — because the “Today” host has been turned away from interviewing, our sources has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us, Matt and his crew showed up Friday morning at the Cuyahoga County justice center in Cleveland — where Castro was being held — but sheriffs turned him away because the media was persona non grata.

It wasn”t Castro”s choice — we”re told Lauer”s timing was just off.

It”s the second time Lauer”s been turned away from a major interview — back in 2011, Lindsay Lohan shut Matt down at her front door.

A rep for the “Today” show declined comment.