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(USA TODAY) -- The Today show had been touting a live, Friday interview withPaula Deen, who is in the middle of a bubbling controversy over her useof racial slurs.

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But at the start of the NBC morning show, Matt Lauer explained that there would be no interview.

"We just found out she's a no-show," he said.

Hesaid he had chatted with her on the phone last night when she had flownin to New York, but that he hadn't talked to her this morning. Her reptold him that she was "exhausted."

On Twitter, Lauer added, "Hoping to get more info on the Paula Deen situation soon. Very confusing."