According to a recent allegation, Fox News personality Greg Gutfeld and Geraldo Rivera also fought off-air. Gutfeld was Rivera’s on-air sparring partner on the Fox News program “The Five,” and Rivera cited Gutfeld as a significant factor in his decision to exit the show.
Rivera announced last week that he will leave the popular program.
“There has been a growing tension that goes beyond editorial differences and personal annoyances and gripes. It’s not worth it to me,” Rivera said, according to The Associated Press.
He did not specifically mention Gutfeld while discussing his departure.
Geraldo Rivera claimed he left “The Five” of his own volition, but Fox News “didn’t race after me to say, ‘Geraldo, please come back.’”
Morning, it’s official, I’m off @TheFive. My last scheduled show appearances are Thursday and Friday June 29th and 30th. It’s been a great run and I appreciate having had the opportunity. Being odd man out isn’t always easy. For the time being, I’m still Correspondent at Large.
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) June 21, 2023
According to an unnamed “insider,” the gossip website Radar Online depicted the split as the culmination of a lengthy feud that included “knockdown, drag-out fights” between the two parties.
“Geraldo and Greg do not get along. That is obvious to anyone who watches ‘The Five.’ But what people didn’t see on television is how often that tension spilled over to off-the-camera,” the insider said.
“There is no love lost between Geraldo and Greg, that is for certain,” the insider said.
Radar Online reports that, according to an insider, Rivera appears to have overstayed his welcome at Fox News.
“Geraldo was once the favorite of Fox — but he doesn’t have that role anymore. Greg is the new king of Fox News having dominated the late-night timeslot with his show ‘Gutfeld!’” the insider said.
“Being at the top of your game ensures you have network bosses eating out the palm of his hands! In this power struggle, Gutfeld won,” the source said.
Geraldo Rivera appeared to have a strained relationship with Greg Gutfeld after multiple heated exchanges on "The Five" and had suggested that the co-host was the reason he was showing up less frequently on the cable news show. https://t.co/kLlcwXQXjD
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) June 21, 2023
According to a different source cited by Radar Online, senior management did not endorse Rivera.
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“When the tension between Greg and Geraldo spilled from on-air to off-air — and people were forced to pick a side — it came down to choosing between a Fox News stalwart or the future of Fox News. And Greg had the overwhelming backing,” the source said. CONTINUE READING…