July 25th, 2013
10:12 AM ET

Geraldo Rivera blames alcohol for viral selfie

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."

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  1. Jane

    the wife says he did it.

    August 18, 2013 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cable and Modem hackers 20 min...


    August 18, 2013 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. JOSH P.


    August 18, 2013 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. canuckview

    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..."

    August 16, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • CNN YOU

      Was it his 18 year old daughter or his-way- too-young wife who told him to take the pic down ?

      August 17, 2013 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tazz 25

    Remember the talk show where Hulk Hogan punched Geraldo....broke his nose. Perhaps its time for a rematch!

    August 6, 2013 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. David Dee

    Drunk and stupid is no way to go through life son.

    August 5, 2013 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. rg500g

    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.

    August 4, 2013 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. nclausen

    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!

    August 2, 2013 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Yes yes!

    I just wish he'd dropped the towel.

    July 30, 2013 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. agentxyz

    @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."


    July 30, 2013 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. Surthurfurd

    Did he also drink alcohol before promoting the Al Capone safe news break?!

    July 29, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LCD

    Tequila made his clothes come off? There's a song in there somewhere . . .

    July 29, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Meh

    Why wouldnt he do it? Hes old and obsolete and looking for 15 more minutes of dope-dom.

    July 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. kopana1

    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

    July 29, 2013 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    Stupidity is ageless. It shouldn't be accepted because of one's age. "70 years old" isn't an excuse for inappropriate behavior.

    July 28, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  16. jackie

    Too bad the press did not give Paula Dean the benefit of the doubt.

    July 28, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scales

      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...

      August 19, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  17. John B

    He owes me three hours of my life from that Al Capone's Safe fiasco I was sucked into watching years ago... 😉

    July 28, 2013 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  18. V.P.

    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!

    July 28, 2013 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  19. JM

    This man is even a total disgrace to his own family. I called it circa 1989.

    July 27, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  20. PoRtia Ramierez

    He's like 72 .... enuff with his crazy ways!

    July 26, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Alvarez

    I enjoy taking long romantic dumps in the moonlight.

    July 26, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  22. win 50



    July 26, 2013 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  23. John N Florida

    At least nobody handed him a cheeseburger!

    July 26, 2013 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  24. symone says

    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.'

    July 26, 2013 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  25. fgjfgjvbxcn57 -- fake...fwb first then see what happens...shirley is not leaving keith right now


    July 26, 2013 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  26. Rosemary

    Rivera seems to have learned a lesson, as he tweeted on Sunday: "Note to self: no tweeting after 1am."

    And who's to say you won't be drunk before 1 am???????

    July 26, 2013 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  27. A fake


    July 26, 2013 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |


    July 26, 2013 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  29. ajweberman

    He is a nice guy. I met him and John and Yokos.

    July 25, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  30. caitlin

    LOL meh who cares. I dont like the guy but im not particularly offended by a picture of a guys chest.

    July 25, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Alvarez

    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.

    July 25, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Tom

    What a Wiener!

    July 25, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Daniel

    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.

    July 25, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  34. asdf

    You may be 70 but mentally you have only just turned 19!

    July 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  35. dforant

    At least he didn't blame it on Hackers

    July 25, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Gross

    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.

    July 25, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  37. jg51

    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!

    July 25, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Perry

    Amazing!, This guy slam Trayvon martin for wearing a hoodie and causing his own death. He is a lunatic.

    July 25, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Partisan

    Maybe time to lay off the sauce there, guy...

    July 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  40. HairyMan

    FWB–long time thinking

    July 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Steve

    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!!!!!

    July 25, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  42. No, he is not human, Beth...

    he is Geraldo. That's a whole different species.

    July 25, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Beth

    To err is human. He is human.

    July 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • 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.

      July 25, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  44. HairyMan

    FWB potential .... you bet.

    July 25, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Boo

    This guy is AN IDIOT....no wonder he's on Fox "news."

    July 25, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  46. Kevin

    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 !

    July 25, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Jane B McGuire

      Kevin, leave Geraldo alone, he looks great, and he is the new 50. tastefully.

      July 25, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Man Boobs


    July 25, 2013 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  48. leah

    Retire him.

    There are many other, better anchors that could easily do a better job than he is doing.

    July 25, 2013 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  49. traci b

    But, oh yeah, let's give the creep "weiner" a pass – he needs to pull out.... of the mayoral race, that is!

    July 25, 2013 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  50. dave

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 25, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • You're comparing apples to oranges, dave...

      therefore your point is moot. Try again.

      July 25, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      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.

      July 25, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • A to O

      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!

      July 25, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      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.

      July 25, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • anything we did is because she did it first...

      ladies and gents...there you go...

      July 25, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Pressed Ham

    Uuuuggghhh... my eyes! It's too late to unsee it!

    July 25, 2013 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  52. Peace ☮

    Lol, what's with the red glasses? (to cover red tequila eyes?)

    July 25, 2013 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  53. ※Sadie※

    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!

    July 25, 2013 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • JGN

      Gee, do you really think he's listening to you, and if so WHY?

      July 25, 2013 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      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.

      July 25, 2013 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      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.

      July 25, 2013 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • ※Sadie※

      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.

      July 25, 2013 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam I am

      @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.

      July 25, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • TriumphTheInsultComicDog

      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.

      July 25, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  54. amatterofinstinct

    Haha, if only everyone could use that excuse for their selfies!

    July 25, 2013 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |

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