Longtime host and political commentator Geraldo Rivera announced his official departure from Fox News Thursday afternoon via a Twitter video, which he filmed while on a boat.
‘Bumpy day on the North Atlantic. Anyway, I got fired from @TheFive so I quit Fox. After 23 years tomorrow Fox and Friends could be my last appearance on the network. Thanks for the memories,’ he captioned the video.
The 79-year-old said he had been fired from The Five – Fox’s daily roundtable political commentary show – and so he subsequently quit the network after more than two decades.
He added he would have more to say about his departure on Fox & Friends Friday morning.
Geraldo Rivera announced his sudden departure from Fox via a video posted to Twitter, filmed on his boat
Rivera shared the ‘liberal’ seat with with Jessica Tarlov and former congressman Harold Ford Jr. – giving voice to opinions that are relatively unpopular with Fox’s viewing audience
The news of Rivera’s departure was seemingly a long time coming, as news broke last week he had been booted from The Five following a number of on-air disagreements between him and co-hosts Jesse Watters and Greg Gutfeld.
Rivera, who has been a staple of FOX News since 2001, announced his sudden ouster on Twitter last week, writing: ‘It’s official, I’m off The Five. My last scheduled show appearances are Thursday and Friday June 29th and 30th.
‘It’s been a great run and I appreciate having had the opportunity,’ he said. ‘Being odd man out isn’t always easy.’
On Thursday, however, he made it clear he would not be appearing on the afternoon show on the 29th (today) and 30th of June.
He had been one of the rotating ‘liberal’ co-hosts on the panel show since January 2022, sharing his role with commentator Jessica Tarlov and former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford.
The three would take turns sparring with their more conservative colleagues, including Judge Jeanine Pirro, Jesse Watters, Dana Perino and Greg Gutfeld.
Rivera had not appeared on The Five since April 21, the same day as Tucker Carlson’s last broadcast
Last week, he tweeted that his last show appearance would be on June 30 – Thursday he said this was no longer the plan
The last time Rivera appeared on the right-leaning network was April 21 – the same day that Tucker Carlson’s last broadcast aired before he was unceremoniously yanked from air.
Rivera spent the last few years moving away from his once conservative viewpoints and becoming more and more antagonistic toward the hosts and anchors of the network that employed him.
He supported Donald Trump up until the January 6th Capitol riot, when his opinion on a number of issues swung left.
Rivera got his start as a local journalist in New York in the early 1970s, but it was his expose revealing the horrific conditions at a Staten Island facility housing developmentally disabled children and adults that made him a national name.
He also ran a special opening gangster Al Capone’s vault in the basement of a Chicago hotel.
The vault was empty, but the spectacle drew a huge audience.
From there, he went on to run his own syndicated show, Geraldo, for nearly 11 years and had a nightly talk program on CNBC from 1994 to 2001, when his then-friend Roger Ailes brought him over to FOX.
In 2021, Rivera signed a new multi-year deal at FOX to serve as a correspondent at large.
As part of that contract, he was slated to host a new show for FOX Nation streaming service, Cops: All Access, a recap and retrospective program for Cops.
‘My two decades at FOX have been action-packed, covering everything from war to natural disasters, epidemics and urban unrest,’ Rivera said in a statement at the time.
‘Now as correspondent-at-large, I’m more focused on reporting and commentary for shows like FOX and Friends and The Five, and it’s a blast.
‘Through it all, I’m proud of my colleagues and deeply appreciate their professionalism and continuing support.’
Geraldo Rivera joined Fox News in 2001 after being brought over from CNBC by his then-friend Roger Ailes
The official end of Rivera’s run at Fox comes days after network CEO Suzanne Scott announced the network’s new primetime lineup, which will feature Jesse Watters assuming the 8pm mantle vacated by Tucker Carlson.
Carlson left his Fox News show in April, with no official reason given for why the company let their most-watched anchor go.
The popular host’s shocking ouster from his incredibly successful prime time Fox show came after the company settled a massive $787.5million lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems. Even then, the move puzzled many who thought Fox would never have backed down from a fight when it came to their lucrative golden boy – who technically is still under contract.
Earlier this month, the network touted this arrangement after top brass threatened to sue Carlson for violating his contract by way of the launch of a low-budget Twitter show that was watched by more than 80 million people.
Lawyers for the media giant are said to have sent official correspondence to Carlson’s legal team claiming the newscaster was ‘in breach’ of his contract when he aired his new Twitter show.
In the statement, Carlson’s lawyer Bryan Freedman accused Fox executives of engaging in hypocrisy by silencing Carlson, pointing to how the company claims to ‘defend its very existence on freedom of speech grounds.’
Jesse Watters, 44, was announced as the new face of Fox News’ coveted 8pm slot, a spot he had been the frontrunner to assume for weeks
Following Tucker’s firing, Rivera tweeted: ‘I don’t wish ill on anybody, but there is no doubt – as I said at the time – Tucker Carlson’s perverse January 6 conspiracy theory was “b******t.”‘
‘Having lost the election President Trump incited an insurrection that sought to undermine our Constitutional process.’
Rivera had many times criticized the former Fox host’s downplaying of the violent Capitol riots as ‘nothing more than a political protest that got out of hand’ as ‘inflammatory and outrageous and uncorroborated.’
Late night Fox host, and co-host of The Five, Greg Gutfeld, with whom Rivera had some of his most dynamic shouting matches on air, responded to Rivera by writing: ‘You’re a class act Geraldo. A real man of the people.’