There's a simple explanation behind the nearly nude self-portrait Geraldo Rivera shared with the world over the weekend, and it isn't vanity.
No, the TV personality has admitted that he's a survivor of tequila regret - a.k.a., the morning after realization that you should by no means operate digital devices while under its influence.
As Rivera explained to New York radio station 95.5 FM, he indulged in a "couple of drinks" after wrapping up work on Saturday night. He was "wired," and everyone else was asleep, so he apparently opted to celebrate National Tequila Day early.
"And I never do tequila when I'm alone, but I had this new bottle that someone had given me," Rivera said. "The second one, my fate was sealed."
And "at 2:30 in the morning, you're not thinking exactly logically" anyway, Rivera said with a laugh.
He'd actually taken the picture, which shows Rivera wearing nothing but a loosely draped towel and a pair of glasses, on Saturday morning. Later that night, sharing the snapshot on Twitter with the caption, "70 is the new 50," didn't seem like such a bad idea.
"I said, 'Dammit, I like that picture.' I had learned how to use Twitter a couple of weeks ago," he said, "and there I was."
In the morning, it was his 18-year-old daughter who first asked him to immediately take down the photo.
"It seemed like a great idea at the time," he said. "I figured they'd cut me some slack because I am so old. ... I took it down the next day after I heard from Fox."
Rivera seems to have learned a lesson, as he tweeted on Sunday: "Note to self: no tweeting after 1am."
the wife says he did it.
iS IT GERALDO OR JERALDO?
Meh, so he was drunk; guess what everybody, YOU DON'T HAVE TO READ OR WATCH EVERYTHING THAT EVERYBODY SENDS OUT!
And I may be the only one who admits this, but certainly not the only one who thinks this: "Not a bad bod, Rivera. Plenty of guys way less than 50 would like to have one as trim as yours..."
Was it his 18 year old daughter or his-way- too-young wife who told him to take the pic down ?
Remember the talk show where Hulk Hogan punched Geraldo....broke his nose. Perhaps its time for a rematch!
Drunk and stupid is no way to go through life son.
Nothing less than a "Carradine" is acceptable here. The man simply could not rise to the opportunity of achieving Internet immortality. Such a shame. I think he'd be HOT in fishnets and ligature.
Come on, Geraldo!! Alcohol was the culprit? What did the bottle jump off the table, snap that shot and post it to the internet? Accept responsibility for YOUR OWN actions, FOR ONCE in your life!! You are responsible!! We need nothing else!
I just wish he'd dropped the towel.
Anthony Weiner would be proud!
@VOR–"Except he didn't err he's straight up lying. Dude has been tweeting since 2011, ranting about everything under the son and posting tons of pics including ones of his daughter. He's completely full of it."
Did he also drink alcohol before promoting the Al Capone safe news break?!
Tequila made his clothes come off? There's a song in there somewhere . . .
Why wouldnt he do it? Hes old and obsolete and looking for 15 more minutes of dope-dom.
He was a kiss and tell kinda of guy.....He is up there will all the other self centered, self obsessed with themselves celebrities...as if we are interested... can we not get more quality on tv
Stupidity is ageless. It shouldn't be accepted because of one's age. "70 years old" isn't an excuse for inappropriate behavior.
Too bad the press did not give Paula Dean the benefit of the doubt.
Hmmm. Semi-nude Tweeted selfie, or admit to using the N-word and organizing a reception where all black men wore "period" servant costumes. Hmmm, which one...which one to give the benefit of the doubt to...
He owes me three hours of my life from that Al Capone's Safe fiasco I was sucked into watching years ago... ;)
Sounds like a flimsy dumb excuse to me. Mr Rivera your time is done and now you really need to call it a day sir!
Geraldo Rivera is a PIG & always will be!
This man is even a total disgrace to his own family. I called it circa 1989.
He's like 72 .... enuff with his crazy ways!
I enjoy taking long romantic dumps in the moonlight.
WE GOT ANOTHER SET OF PICS FROM THIS MORNING
THE ROLLERS ALL FILED
BEDROOM GOT IT
SALON GOT THEM..
SHE IS SO STUPID ISN'T SHE? THANK YOU ALL...IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT...
At least nobody handed him a cheeseburger!
i think it's so awesome that this comments section, in particular, is filled with spam. that's SO geraldo!!!
also, LAME. blame yourself, idiot. don't blame 'tweeting after 1 am.' or 'normally i don't drink tequila alone.'
And who's to say you won't be drunk before 1 am???????
He is a nice guy. I met him and John and Yokos.
LOL meh who cares. I dont like the guy but im not particularly offended by a picture of a guys chest.
His looks could be enhanced with a few well placed stink nuggets stuffed up his nose and a corn niblet studded poopsicle jammed in his mouth.
What a Wiener!
We've all be there, and sometimes, totally sober and lucid. Keep your chin up. At least you're not bombing other countries and writing a book about it. And yes, that still bothers me. Deal with it.
You may be 70 but mentally you have only just turned 19!
At least he didn't blame it on Hackers
One time in college I did too many tequila shots and ended up puking on my date at the bar then puking in her car as she drove me home. I woke up the next morning on the front steps of a class building in 30 degree temps wearing only sweat pants and a jean jacket, with no idea how I got there.
Had I been given the choice between that and having semi-nude selfies posted all over the internet, I'd go for the selfies. So, Mr. Rivera, it could be worse.
Between Geraldo Rivera and Anthony Weiner, I can't decide which one is a bigger idiot, but both have managed to provide us with some ridiculously funny news stories this week. That being said, now that I've had my laughs, I'd like both of them to just go away. Their 15 minutes is over!
Amazing!, This guy slam Trayvon martin for wearing a hoodie and causing his own death. He is a lunatic.
Maybe time to lay off the sauce there, guy...
FWB–long time thinking
70 is the new 50... Genius!!! I thought this was funny and in good taste. There are much worse things on prime time television. I saw Sharknado... some guy got his arm bit off!!!!!
he is Geraldo. That's a whole different species.
To err is human. He is human.
Except he didn't err he's straight up lying. Dude has been tweeting since 2011, ranting about everything under the son and posting tons of pics including ones of his daughter. He's completely full of it.
FWB potential .... you bet.
This guy is AN IDIOT....no wonder he's on Fox "news."
Yeah..Right...BLAME IT ON THE TEQUILA ..!?!?!?
You just wanted us all to see your little Nekkid Body that you're SO proud of at 70 years old.."GROW UP" Geraldo, ..you AND Anthony Weiner...You're NOT KIDS !
Kevin, leave Geraldo alone, he looks great, and he is the new 50. tastefully.
There are many other, better anchors that could easily do a better job than he is doing.
But, oh yeah, let's give the creep "weiner" a pass – he needs to pull out.... of the mayoral race, that is!
try to stay on topic, traci b.
Anthony Weiner can go work for Fox News..
This is OK but what someone said 27 years ago is not. What a bunch of hypocrites to punish Paula Deen but to just make Rivera take it down and do nothing, IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
therefore your point is moot. Try again.
APPLES TO ORANGES, That is funny, how is Rivera different from Wiener or any other flasher pervert. Yet racism is worse than posting you nude photo on the internet for the world including children to see. I still think FOX News is a hypocrite channel Rivera should be fired.
Granted, Weiner and Rivera are both disturbed, and a little perverse, but do you realize that nudity (or partial, in this case) is worse than racism? Really? You probably think that nudity or s e x is worse than violence, don't you?
That's really the problem with America today. God forbid the kiddies see a naked body (never mind they've seen their own or a sibling's), but who cares if they watch countless hours of murder and mayhem on TV or that daddy uses derogatory language for different ethnic groups at the dinner table each night. That nudity is going to scar them for life, by God!
Nudity is worse than racism? I am not sure what planet your from but if that were the case then half the internet would be shut down because of the nudity. Even partial nudity done with the excuse "' oh I was drunk" don't excuse what Rivera did.
ladies and gents...there you go...
Uuuuggghhh... my eyes! It's too late to unsee it!
Lol, what's with the red glasses? (to cover red tequila eyes?)
Yeah, that's your story, and you're sticking to it. I don't care how many drinks you had, you know you wanted everyone to see your body (why, I have no freakin idea!). You have always had an enormous ego, and you just proved the point. That was a nice try, though, on trying to weasel out of your stupidity. Please, for the love of whatever, don't ever do that again!
Gee, do you really think he's listening to you, and if so WHY?
Everyone's had a regretful night of excessive drinking where the end up doing something they regret. This is pretty much a non-story. Lighten up.
Who is that guy anyway? Must be only famous in the US!? I would wikipedia him but im scared i'll see another photo of him.
Yeah, I'm sure he read every word I just typed. lol... No, I was just venting. And yes, my mistake for even looking at the pic in the first place. I didn't know it was going to be such a startling and creepy picture.
@jgn. What was wrong with what she said? It's the truth. The man is an egotistical jerk. I get sick of these stars pulling theses kinds of things, then saying "oh,sorry, devil made be do it." It gets old. They are adults, acting like kids.
I'm not sure what I find more disturbing, that he actually took that picture and tweeted it or the fact that he has evidently procreated.
Haha, if only everyone could use that excuse for their selfies!
what does that have to do with this article? stay on topic, please.
You must be new here, 90 % of the posts are random babblings of some fat ugly hacker. We think her name is mandy or Amanda.
Wow...I'm looking for a spammer's mother to corn hole by candlelight. Want to work the camera?
You are not likely to ever get a viable contact from ads on a message board. It's a stupid waste of time, but it's probably the only ads you can generate. You should probably find a day job.
Unbelievable that you think this will do anything but annoy people.
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