Geraldo Rivera said that he was fired from Fox News’ “The Five.” Because of that, he added, he decided the quit the network altogether. He informed everyone about the situation while on his boat off Long Island’s Jones Beach. He joked that it is easier to get around on a boat than it is to sit in traffic on the Long Island Expressway.
The 79-year-old commentator has reportedly been with the network for 23 years, since 2001. He said that he will have more to say about the decision on “Fox and Friends,” which will likely be his last appearance on the show. A little over a week ago, Rivera hinted that he may not be with the network for much longer and instead suggested that he might remain as a correspondent-at-large. It is unclear whether that is still the case.
The left-leaning commentator did not get a warm goodbye from people on Twitter. Many expressed their lack of care for him being gone. One user said that it is “so great that you’re gone.” Another remarked that he “should be doing life insurance commercials by now.”
A Fox News spokesperson issued a statement saying that the network and Rivera reached an “amicable conclusion,” adding that they will celebrate him on “Fox and Friends.”
During his final appearance, Rivera thanked his staff for the work that they have done for over two decades. He then used the moment to lament the Supreme Court’s decision in overturning the constitutionality of affirmative action in college admissions. He then claimed that he was a product of affirmative action and the decision will negatively affect many minorities.
The Court ruled that race can no longer be a factor when determining whether someone is qualified to be admitted into college. Those on the left are now suggesting that this will withhold opportunities from people of color.