The Media

Geraldo is Very Sorry for Defending Ailes, Now That He Lost a Book Deal

Fox News talking head and shirtless selfie-taker Geraldo Rivera deeply regrets the fact that he is a monumental douchebag.

Like many of his male colleagues, Geraldo leapt to the defense of serial sexual predator Roger Ailes when he was publicly accused of sexual harassment in a lawsuit filed by former host Gretchen Carlson.

Geraldo now regrets that he placed his complete trust in Roger Ailes because he lost a book deal over it. And, much to my amusement, it sure looks like he’s been punished by his own parent company.

Rivera found out Tuesday that HarperCollins, a sister company of Fox News, was not going ahead with the publication of his memoir Geraldo of Arabia, From Tora Bora to Trump, “because of my uninformed support of Mr. Ailes, and the relatively flattering portrayal of him in an early manuscript.”

Geraldo posted his regrets on Facebook last night a day after finding out his absurdly named memoir would not be published.

His apology may or may not be sincere, but the timing of it is certainly suspect. Everyone who defended Roger Ailes deserves to be viewed with a great deal of skepticism.

With 21st Century Fox and News Corp handing down this kind of punishment to their own people, the idea that the Fox News lineup will be completely reshaped after the election is gaining steam.

  • muselet

    Oddly enough, I can’t force myself to care about the plight of Geraldo Rivera.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    “Geraldo of Arabia, From Tora Bora to Trump” Wow! I think this title topples Bill O’Reilly’s book “A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity” for the most egocentric title of forever.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    The heads will roll.

    They will be replaced with shiny new versions of the same dog crap.

    The model is simply too profitable to abandon. And it’s not like the supply of talking douche-bags and insipid leggy blonds is running out. Ailes is gone. His replacement will pick right up where he left off (with, perhaps, some mindfulness about not getting caught sexually harassing people). Fox News 2.0 will be Fox News 1.0 with a facelift.