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Since When Is Geraldo Rivera a 'Liberal' Commentator?

By Dustin Rowles | TV | June 22, 2023 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | June 22, 2023 |


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Geraldo Rivera, a man I most associate with The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults, a trashy daytime talk show, and his friendship with Donald Trump, is not someone whom I would have considered a “liberal” commentator. I do recall a handful of times he made the news for disagreeing with Donald Trump (and breaking with him over Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election), but he also commended Trump’s bravery for wishing Ghislaine Maxwell “well,” and attributed the fact that Maxwell was denied bail to the “woke mob.” But I guess calling out Tucker Carlson’s theories about the January 6th insurrection that one time qualifies Geraldo as a “liberal” commentator on Fox News, even if he did agree with Trump’s decision to build a wall.

Rivera, a self-described Republican, announced this week that he has left the hugely popular (for cable, among old people) panel show The Five, where he frequently rotated in to provide the “liberal” perspective, which is insane. Nevertheless, Rivera said he left of his own accord, but no one from Fox News asked him to reconsider. He’s apparently incurred the ire of some of the conservatives on the show, particularly Greg Gutfeld, whom Rivera (accurately) called “an arrogant punk,” on air last year.

“There has been a growing tension that goes beyond editorial differences and personal annoyances and gripes,” he told the Associated Press. “It’s not worth it to me. I’m 80 years old. I don’t want the friction. The Five is too intimate a place and it gets too personal.”

Rivera will continue to serve as a correspondent at large until his contract runs out in January 2025.