Fox News marked the illustrious career of Geraldo Rivera on Friday, in what was his final appearance on the network. Steve Doocy, co-host of “Fox & Friends”, asked everyone present in the studio to stand in applause as he introduced the veteran Fox News figure.
“I am honored, I love Fox, I love the people at Fox, I always will,” Rivera said, after watching a video montage featuring many of his colleagues at Fox.
“I’ll never let anyone separate us, but I am beyond grateful for this,” he continued. “This is so deeply affecting, I love you for it. Thank you.”
With over half a century in the broadcasting industry, Rivera joined Fox News Channel as a war correspondent in 2001. He recently held the role of co-host for “The Five”, the most-viewed program on cable news.
“I was treated as a family member here,” Rivera said. “We became family.”
With Steve Doocy at my farewell this morning from Fox. He’s a good guy. As you can see, I changed them more than they changed me. pic.twitter.com/1dpKfHmpMD
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) June 30, 2023
The “FOX & Friends” tribute to Rivera’s illustrious career showcased clips of the renowned newsman with various prominent figures such as a young Arnold Schwarzenegger, Paul McCartney, and Muhammad Ali, along with a bare-chested segment featuring George Hamilton. They also unearthed highlights from his stint on “Dancing with the Stars” and a segment from several decades ago with then-real estate tycoon Donald Trump.
“Every one of those scenes brings back a whole visceral reaction,” he said as the montage finished.
“FOX & Friends” then aired a second highlight reel, this time featuring praise for Rivera from Fox News hosts.
“Congrats on that amazing career, very few people achieve one-name status, you’ve done it,” Pete Hegseth said, while Bret Baier said he would miss his longtime friend.
“From the times you were on the frontline in Afghanistan, to some of those handoffs from ‘The Five,’ and always seeing pictures of your family, I wish you the best,” Baier said. “Stay in touch, I’ll see you down the road.”
Prior to his stint on “The Five,” Rivera served as a correspondent-at-large for Fox News Channel. In this role, he offered live commentary on breaking news, covering a range of events from terrorist attacks and natural disasters to other significant historical moments. Rivera’s career trajectory altered following the September 11, 2001 attacks. Being a native New Yorker, he left a lucrative position at CNBC to join Fox News as a war correspondent, a role he felt compelled to fulfill. His assignments took him to Afghanistan and Iraq 11 times each, and he also embarked on numerous trips to other conflict-ridden regions.
Despite all of the praise and what seemed like a love affair, just last week Rivera took to Twitter to say quit Fox News before being fired.
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
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