Former Fox News anchor, Geraldo Rivera, shed light on his dismissal from the network during a guest appearance on "The View", along with his strained relationship with a co-host from "The Five".
On June 21, Rivera confirmed he was leaving Fox News's highly-rated show, "The Five," in an official statement. He later disclosed that his departure was due to termination. A week after this revelation, he ended his 23-year stint with the network.
“I was fired from “The Five.” I had a very toxic relationship with another of the cast members … so I got a call from two of the female executives and they said ‘you’re off ‘The Five,'” Rivera said to the co-hosts of “The View” co-hosts. “But there are plenty of other things you can do, I had a year-and-a-half left on my contract. And I said, ‘well, stop it. If you fired me from the number one show then I’m going to quit.’ And that’s basically what happened, but in the interim, in the days that led up to my last day of work, they were so kind to me. They were really so nice and remembering all the things we did together over the 20 odd years.”
Rivera expressed that he often felt "squeezed" into participating in programs due to his ideologies not aligning with those typically represented on Fox News. He also indicated that his strained relations with a co-host from "The Five" played a role in his termination.
“I thought it was very unfair that I was not judged objectively in our disputes, but rather he was favored and I was the one, I was this suspended three times, my appearances, I had two- three appearances scheduled weekly, then biweekly, then monthly then they kind of disappeared. They were canceled in the last day right before I was supposed to go on. So I was really ticked off.”
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) July 13, 2023
Rivera frequently found himself in intense disagreements with his previous co-anchor, Greg Gutfeld. In a heated discussion about abortion in May 2022, Rivera referred to Gutfeld as an "insulting punk", to which Gutfeld retorted by suggesting Rivera was "making a fool" of himself.
Joy Behar, co-host of "The View", asked Rivera to clarify if the co-host he had problems with was male, to which Rivera affirmed. He also made it clear that the co-host was not Judge Jeanine Pirro, as he maintains a close friendship with her.
The ex-Fox News figure discussed his longstanding friendship with former President Donald Trump, for whom he holds much "affection". However, Rivera stated that after losing the 2020 presidential election, Trump "became a crazy guy" and he believes that Trump should not be elected again.
Gutfield responded on his show the following evening, say, "Poor thing. In lieu of flowers we sent up a GoFundMe page to get him a barber. But I credit The View for finally finding a guest with a bigger mustache than their panelists. They're a hairy bunch."
Greg Gutfeld just wrecked Geraldo Rivera and The View: "Poor thing. In lieu of flowers we sent up a GoFundMe page to get him a barber. But I credit The View for finally finding a guest with a bigger mustache than their panelists. They're a hairy bunch." pic.twitter.com/XOFaoPv8u4
— Kevin Tober (@KevinTober94) July 14, 2023
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