Geraldo Rivera beat a hasty, apologetic retreat Wednesday after posting a series of tweets praising former “Today” host Matt Lauer and voicing the fear that the current epidemic of sexual harassment complaints may be nothing more than an effort to settle private vendettas.
Lauer was fired by NBC on Wednesday amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
“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,” Rivera wrote.
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His prior tweets had not pleased the executives of Fox News, which has gone through its own sexual harassment scandals involving former CEO Roger Ailes and longtime host Bill O’Reilly.
“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 in a statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation on Wednesday.
Rivera had started his series of tweets by explaining that news was a “flirty business” and that there was a danger that sexual harassment allegations “may be criminalizing courtship.”
Rivera took more than a few lumps for his views, including a comment from Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News host whose sexual harassment lawsuit in 2016 ultimately led to the dismissal of Ailes.
“Pls @GeraldoRivera once my friend-women just want to keep their jobs. They get paid in secret settlements b/c most never work in chosen fields ever again after bravely coming forward thanks,” Carlson wrote.
Rivera’s contention that the news business is “flirty” is not new. In a September 2016 Facebook post, he also expressed that view.
“For a lot of reasons, news is a flirty business. With its pressure cooker environment and long hours, it is sometimes the only place young professionals can meet. Just add up all the newsroom romances that have resulted in marriage over the years,” he wrote.
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