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Geraldo Continues Media Tour Whining About Fox News Exit

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Former Fox News host Geraldo Rivera has continued his media tour of whining about the reasons he was axed from the top rated show, which prompted him to quit the network.

After whining to the hosts of the ABC talk show “The View,” Rivera took his complaints to NewsNation host Chris Cuomo.

“Fox left me. They fired me from the number one rated show ‘The Five.’ After they fired me, I said, ‘Well, wait a second. You know, I don’t want to work here anymore.’ If you are firing me from the number one show, what are you going to do?” he said after the host asked him why he left Fox News.

“After they fired me, they gave me a plethora of options, other programs I could do … but I said, ‘No, I don’t want to do that,’” he said.

As he said in previous interviews, he blamed the start of his end at Fox News on former primetime host Tucker Carlson’s assessment of January 6.

“When Tucker Carlson came up with his bizarre notion that Jan. 6 was an inside job, that it was federal informants who were causing trouble, that it wasn’t the insurrection that the rest of us saw, I said that that was a bunch of BS. I called BS on it,” he said.

“I got a call as soon as that was published in The Washington Post from Fox executives, who said, ‘You’re suspended. You’re not supposed to speak to the press unless you clear it with us’ — which, of course, is Catch-22 because they never clear it,” he said.

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His continued references to the vague cohost at “The Five” that he had issues with got less vague on Friday when one of his former cohosts rained haymakers on him.

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld has hit back at former Fox News host Geraldo Rivera, and he tore his doors off.

It came a day after Rivera appeared on the ABC talk show “The View” and made reference to a cohost he had on the Fox News show “The Five” which whom he had a “toxic relationship.”

Rivera never said who the cohost he had issues with was but it was implied that it was either Jesse Watters or Gutfeld, but after Gutfeld’s response it appears that mystery is solved.

When he was on “The View” Rivera first took aim at another former Fox News host, Tucker Carlson, before getting to “The Five.”

“I think that he is an excellent writer. I think that he was very charismatic in his presentation. He was number one for a reason, was a pretty good show. Then he drifted into this murky area where a swampy area where, you know, these conspiracy theories and it’s not just generates a whole bunch of different mucky kind of conspiracies,” he said.

“Fox is a tremendous platform. And once you lose that platform, you’re kind of screaming in the wilderness and competing with a lot of other people who have podcasts and so forth. So will he be the same character? I don’t know,” the former host said.

“I don’t like to be unkind, but that what he did, just as I would never vote for Donald Trump, I will never forgive Tucker for what he did about January 6th,” he said.

He then brought his attention to his former Fox News show “The Five.”

He said he had a “very toxic relationship with another of the cast members” to which host Joy Behar said, “Does it rhyme with Shmesse Shwatters?”

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Cohost Sara Haines asked Rivera if he thought it was unfair that he was the person that was axed.

“Sure. I also thought it was very unfair that I was not judged objectively in our disputes, but rather that he was always favored. I was the one, I was suspended three times, my appearances, I had two three appearances schedule weekly then bi-weekly, then monthly, then they kind of disappeared, they were canceled in the last day right before I was supposed to go on,” he said. “So, I was really ticked off.”

“I got a call from two of the female executives who said, ‘You’re off The Five, but there are plenty of other things you can do.’ I had a year-and-a-half left on my contract. And I said, ‘Well, stuff it, if you fired me from the No. 1 show, then I’m going to quit.’ That’s basically what happened,” he said.

“In the interim, in the days that led up to my last day of work, they were so kind to me,” he said. “They were so nice, remembering all the things we did together over the 20-odd years.”

And Gutfeld shredded him for it, and it came during his comments on crime in America.

“Let’s go to The View. Where I’d like report a murder,” he said before playing the clip of Rivera.

“No, no, no, no, no, poor thing,” the host said. “In lieu of flowers, we set up a Go Fund Me page to get him a barber.”

“But I credit The View for finally finding a guest with a bigger mustache than their panelists,” he said. “They’re a hairy bunch.”

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