We’ve seen some major media upheaval of late, particularly with the “parting of the ways” between Fox and their biggest star, Tucker Carlson. It’s not clear yet where Carlson is going to land, although as we noted he’s got a good offer out there, and is likely to have a lot more once he’s free of his Fox contract.
But one of the people that I can’t imagine a lot of Fox fans would have Fox “parting ways” with is Geraldo Rivera.
He’s more than a little embarrassing with some of the things that he has said. His comment about AR-15s — saying that the AR stood for “automatic rifle” — has to rank up there as one of the most ridiculous for an alleged “news” personality because it was so ignorant.
“My appearances today and tomorrow on The Five have been canceled,” Geraldo claimed. “I’m sure there’s a good reason. Never fear, I’ll be back week after next. Stay safe and happy. Thanks ?”
Saying “I’m sure there’s a good reason” would suggest that if this is true, then they haven’t told him the reason. It doesn’t sound like it’s good for Rivera. Geraldo is one of the rotating “liberals” that they put on the show including Jessica Tarlov and former Democrat congressman Harold Ford Jr. I think they rotate them because you can only take any of them in small doses, without pulling your hair out at how ridiculous they can be. Rivera does say, however, that he will be back “week after next.” Rivera hasn’t been on the show since April 21.
The three liberals replaced Juan Williams, who had his own “parting of the ways” from Fox. Some speculated that Rivera’s absence was related to Greg Gutfeld, whom Williams regularly battled.
Gutfeld has lost patience with Rivera in the past, most recently after Rivera took a cheap shot at Tucker Carlson.
Gutfeld — who has been a defender of Tucker Carlson — was not going to let that shot go by.
There was also this further embarassing tweet from Rivera this week, saying he couldn’t imagine Biden being involved in a bribery scheme, as the alleged whistleblower told GOP.
Geraldo obviously hasn’t looked at Joe Biden’s past or what’s on the Hunter Biden laptop. He hasn’t bothered to investigate, which is part of the problem. That’s just remarkably silly for anyone who pretends to be a news person. It means he can’t be bothered to know the first thing about the facts or Biden, apart that he’s the likely Democratic nominee; therefore he, Geraldo, should find excuses for him, and he certainly does that.
But is any of that a factor here? Some are suggesting that Geraldo, who is often wrong, is wrong here again. Other speculation suggested Gutfeld might have been involved in it.
One Fox News insider speculated to The Daily Beast that Gutfeld may have played a role in Rivera’s alleged removal.
Other sources within the network claimed however that Rivera was never on the show’s calendar to begin with and that it was always supposed to just be Tarlov and Ford in the ‘liberal’ seat this week.
We’ll have to see what happens. I think it’s fair to say that no one would miss Geraldo if he was booted, unlike Tucker Carlson.