On Wednesday morning, NBC fired longtime “Today” show host Matt Lauer after a series of sexual misconduct allegations against him came to light. Afterwards, Fox News host Geraldo Rivera spoke out to defend Lauer, but it didn’t end well for him. Now, a sex scandal has exploded at Fox that may just destroy Rivera’s career.
Daily Mail reported that Rivera took to Twitter to call Lauer a “great guy” and a “real gentleman.”
“News is a flirty business & it seems like current epidemic of #SexHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship & conflating it w predation,” Rivera wrote.
He added that he thinks sexual harassment allegations should be made in a ‘timely fashion’ and include evidence like written communications or witnesses in order for them to be taken seriously.
“With [cash] settlements in the multi-millions slight chance exists some victims are motivated by more than justice,” he said.
Liberals were infuriated by Rivera’s comments and immediately dug up a 1991 video in which singer Bette Midler accuses him of groping her in the early 1970s. While recalling the first time she met Rivera, Midler said the meeting was “not funny,” and that she might get in “trouble” for the story of what happened when they met, but tells it anyway.
“Geraldo and his producer came to do an interview with me, in the ’70s, in the early ’70s. This was when he was very hot,” she explained. “He and his producer left the crew in the other room, they pushed me into my bathroom, they pushed two poppers under my nose, and proceeded to grope me. I did not offer myself up on the altar of Geraldo Rivera. He was unseemly.”
Fox News immediately released a statement chastising Rivera for the comments he made about the Lauer situation.
“Geraldo’s tweets do not reflect the views of FOX News or its management. We were troubled by his comments and are addressing them with him,” Fox said.
Unsurprisingly, Rivera then apologized.
“Reaction to my tweets today on sex harassment makes clear I didn’t sufficiently explain that this is a horrendous problem long hidden-Harassers are deviants who deserve what is coming to them-Often victims are too frightened to come forward in a timely fashion-I humbly apologize,” he wrote on Twitter.
Reaction to my tweets today on #sexharassment makes clear
I didn’t sufficiently explain that this is a horrendous problem
long hidden-Harassers are deviants who deserve what is coming
to them-Often victims are too frightened to come
forward in a timely fashion-I humbly apologize
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) November 30, 2017
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