Former Fox News co-host Geraldo Rivera is making the rounds in the media this week after he left the network. Now, Rivera is spilling some “inside” information about what some “insiders” at Fox News said when he got into on-air confrontations with popular hosts like Greg Gutfeld and former host Tucker Carlson.

In an interview with Mediaite, Rivera spoke about his “toxic relationship” with Gutfeld without actually mentioning his name. Rivera also noted his opposition to Carlson, but claims to have gotten “calls from within Fox” telling him that he was “right on” to attack Carlson on-air.

“There is no love lost between Geraldo and Greg, that is for certain,” Rivera said.

Mediaite’s Diana Falzone asked Rivera point-blank: “I have heard rumblings from Fox News insiders that the tension was between you and Fox’s Greg Gutfeld, who at one point actually berated you on Twitter for objecting to Tucker Carlson’s coverage of Jan. 6. What happened there?”

“Well, you know, I don’t want to focus in on any particular person, you can read the record, but I can tell you what happened vis a vis me and Tucker because that was the real substantive part of it,” Rivera responded.

“I was shocked and outraged. I mean, I was nauseous over Tucker Carlson’s premise that 9/11 — not 9/11, that Jan. 6 was an inside job,” he continued. “So Tucker Carlson began floating the idea, and I didn’t know why. I assumed it was just evidence-based in his own mind, floating the idea that Jan. 6 was fake, that it was government agents that staged it, the agents provocateur who aggravated everything, that there was no you know, President Trump did not incite a legitimate riot.”

“Then what happened is he made his remarks and then, you know, deep state operators basically took advantage of it to make Trump look bad, which was preposterous. It was ridiculous. It was you know, I actually said it was bulls***, is what I said to The Washington Post or The New York Times … I forget, one or the other, because I did several interviews between those two papers at the time,” he added.


Rivera said he had support for his position within Fox News.

“I got calls from within Fox. Right on. You know, we’re shocked, we’re outraged by what Tucker is trying to do. Thank you for speaking out, you know from people that could not speak out,” he claimed.

“You know, I even advised some prominent people just to cool it, that I could, I’ll take the heat because I felt that I was more bulletproof,” he continued. “I mixed my metaphors there, but I felt that I could say things that others, perhaps more vulnerable in their or more early in their careers, could not say. And so I was suspended for that.”

Rivera then touched on his battles with Gutfeld.

“We had a head-to-head with two incidents, one on abortion rights. I call them insulting punk, and another I forget what it was. They always took his side. So, you know, it’s like I was — I could sense that I was hanging by a thread. Anyway, there’s another metaphor. But the way it came down, they made a very pragmatic decision, a business decision,” Rivera said.

Rivera went on to admit that his former employer was right about dismissing him from the most popular show on cable news.

“They made a very pragmatic decision, a business decision,” Rivera told Mediaite. “And it looks in retrospect that they made the right decision.”

“I should have left a long time ago,” Rivera noted further. “But for various reasons, not the least of which was my own insecurity about where I would end up, I stuck around and I stayed too long at the dance.”

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