Former Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera joined the ladies of ABC’s “The View” on Thursday and blamed a “very toxic” relationship with a former co-host on “The Five” for his departure from the network.

Rivera ended a two-decade run as a Fox News correspondent and contributor on June 30. The network offered him a sendoff with a cake as well as a number of goodbyes and well-wishes.

The high-profile exit came after months of tensions with then-colleague Greg Gutfeld both on and off the air.

On “The View,” the 79-year-old said he had a “very toxic relationship with another of the cast members” on “The Five,” but he declined to name any names.

Rivera said he never fit in ideologically at Fox News but acknowledged the network brass tried to find him another program to join after it was apparent he would no longer be a fixture on “The Five.”

He said he would not accept a demotion from cable’s most-watched show.


“If you fired me from the No. 1 show, then I’m going to quit. And that’s basically what happened,” Rivera said.

In an obvious reference to Jesse Watters, Joy Behar asked him if his nemesis was “Smeshy Shwaters.”

Rivera laughed as he dismissed the question, but he left no doubt that the colleague with whom his relationship had unraveled was male.

“I thought it was very unfair that I was not judged objectively in our disputes, but rather he was always favored,” he eventually said.

When pressed if the tension was with Jeanine Pirro, Rivera said he discovered the former judge and adored her. “Check the internet,” he said.

Rivera concluded that his exit from the network was a long time in the making and that he is not upset at anyone.

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