In a series of recent changes, Fox News executives have taken further actions, terminating over a dozen staff members, producers, and hosts since late April.
On Thursday, renowned television personality Geraldo Rivera revealed his departure from Fox News after an unexpected dismissal from the well-liked show “The Five.”
Rivera shared a video on Twitter, announcing that he was fired from “The Five” and had made the decision to part ways with the network.
“Bumpy day on the North Atlantic,” Rivera said while in a small boat to New York City. “Anyway, I got fired from [TheFive], so I quit Fox,” Rivera, 79, wrote on Twitter. “After 23 years tomorrow, ‘Fox and Friends’ could be my last appearance on the network. Thanks for the memories.”
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. pic.twitter.com/74Qgalz8sF— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) June 29, 2023
After being a prominent figure on Fox News since 2001, Geraldo Rivera has announced that he will share more about his departure from the network on the “Fox and Friends” program airing on Friday.
Unlike Tucker Carlson’s firing, Fox News stated that they had reached a mutually agreeable resolution with Rivera and would commemorate his final appearance on the network, as reported by CNN.
According to The Independent, Rivera’s termination follows a series of disagreements with fellow Fox News personality Greg Gutfeld. These conflicts intensified after Rivera criticized Tucker Carlson’s views when the network let him go in late April.
As reported by The Epoch Times, Rivera and Gutfeld have engaged in public arguments on “The Five,” including a recent heated exchange about electric vehicles during which Rivera shouted at Gutfeld to stop pointing at him.
Rivera claimed that his appearances on “The Five” were subsequently reduced but expressed intentions to return in the following weeks.
During his farewell on Fox News, Rivera expressed appreciation for the staff and discussed the recent Supreme Court decision on affirmative action, highlighting its impact on people of color.
Rivera, who had been a co-host of “The Five” since 2002, provided a contrasting perspective to his more conservative colleagues on the show and did not shy away from opposing former President Donald Trump’s potential re-election.
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Geraldo Rivera’s departure from Fox News marks a significant chapter in his career, leaving viewers and colleagues curious about his next endeavors.
In efforts to retain viewership amid competition from networks like Newsmax, Fox News has made programming changes, including Jesse Watters taking over Tucker’s former prime-time slot with his new show, “Jesse Watters Primetime,” starting on July 17. Laura Ingraham will move to the 7 p.m. hour, and Greg Gutfeld will shift to the 10 p.m. slot, while Sean Hannity will continue anchoring the 9 p.m. show.