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Geraldo Rivera has broken his silence about the near-nude photo he posted to Twitter early Sunday morning, saying his network, Fox News, demanded he remove the bare-torso body shot that dominated social media for days.
Click here to see the NSFW photo.
Speaking on Tuesday to New York radio station WPLJ, the host of Geraldo at Large — who turned 70 on July 4 — explained that he was wide awake after taping his Saturday night show.
After a few downed shots of tequila, a birthday gift, he was feeling pretty good about a photo he’d taken that morning in a bathroom mirror.
“At 2:30 in the morning, you’re not thinking exactly logically,” Rivera explained. “So I was back in the bathroom at 2:30 after my show gets off the air at 11 o’clock, and then you’re wired and everyone else is asleep, so you walk around. So I had a couple of drinks — I was down on the dock — and I said, ‘Goddamn it, I like that picture!'”
The world, it turned out, did not share Rivera’s sentiment — particularly his own kids.
“I woke up and it was my 18-year-old [daughter that was] the first I heard about it,” Rivera said. “She had written me in all caps, ‘TAKE THAT THING DOWN RIGHT NOW!'”
Rivera didn’t tell his wife what he’d done, but a friend of hers, who works for Oprah Winfrey in Chicago, got a look at the photo and called.
“We were sitting on the boat and she heard from her friend in Chicago who works for Oprah, and the friend, Robin, said, ‘Whatever you do, honey, you gotta say that you’re proud of your husband.'”
Rivera tried to stand by his decision, until he got word from his network that the selfie had to come down: “I took it down the next day after I heard from Fox.”
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