Geraldo Rivera has always been an ally of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, defending him from the sexual harassment allegations of hosts like Gretchen Carlson. That’s why it came as a huge surprise when Rivera publicly turned his back on Ailes on Thursday.
According to Daily Mail, Rivera apologized for standing by Ailes in a lengthy Facebook post on Thursday, admitting that if the allegations are true, he is a “deceitful, selfish misogynist.”
“‘Like virtually all my colleagues at Fox News, I was totally blindsided by his sexual harassment scandal, which is why I responded to Gretchen Carlson’s initial filing of her lawsuit with extreme skepticism,” Rivera said. “The man she described in her pleadings was unknown even to those of us who thought we knew him well.”
Rivera lamented that the fact that he supported Ailes has led HarperCollins to drop his memoir, which painted Ailes in a positive light.
The Fox News host tweeted in support of Ailes multiple times this summer.
“Don’t believe the crap about #RogerAiles. Only ones talking dirt are those who hate #FoxNews & want to hurt network that’s kicking their ass,” Rivera tweeted two days before Ailes stepped down at Fox News in July.
Now, however, he’s singing a very different tune.
“Now I am filled with regret for stubbornly discounting their various allegations,” he wrote. “The Murdochs would not have turned the world upside down but for good cause. Moreover, I apologize for my skepticism. Like victims of sexual assault, those alleging harassment deserve the presumption of credibility.”
Here is Rivera’s full statement:
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