Television veteran Geraldo Rivera announced on Thursday that he was leaving Fox News after being fired from the program “The Five.”
“I’m not going to be on ‘The Five,’” Rivera said of the network’s 5 p.m. talk show in a video posted to Twitter. “I’ve been fired from ‘The Five.’”
“And, as a result of that, I quit Fox,” Rivera said in the video filmed from a boat off Long Island’s Jones Beach.
Rivera, who has been with the right-wing network since 2001, said he will “have more to say” about his decision during the “Fox and Friends” program on Friday morning.
In a statement Thursday, a Fox News spokesperson said, “We reached an amicable conclusion with Geraldo over the past few weeks and look forward to celebrating him on Fox & Friends Friday morning which will be his last appearance on the network.”
The announcement comes little more than a week after Rivera said his time as one of the rotating liberal-leaning co-hosts on “The Five” was coming to an end. But Rivera said at the time he would remain with the network as correspondent at large.
His departure comes amid drama with network star Greg Gutfeld, who had rebuked Rivera in April after he tweeted in the wake of Tucker Carlson’s firing that the ousted host’s conspiracy theories about the January 6 attack on the US Capitol were “bulls**t.”
In his final appearance on the network Friday morning, Rivera thanked the staff for his two decades at the network and used the moment to praise affirmative action in college admissions after the programs were gutted Thursday by the Supreme Court in a contentious decision.
“I am honored, I love Fox, I love the people at Fox, I always will,” Rivera told co-hosts of “Fox and Friends” as they discussed his career at the network.
“I was a product of affirmative action over a half a century ago,” he said, adding that the court’s decision “will impact many people of color.”