According to a recent report, Fox News personality Greg Gutfeld took his fights with Geraldo Rivera off the set as well. Gutfeld was Rivera’s on-air sparring partner on the Fox News program “The Five,” and Rivera mentioned Gutfeld as a key factor in his decision to leave the program.
Rivera revealed last week that he will be leaving the well-liked show.
“There has been a growing tension that goes beyond editorial differences and personal annoyances and gripes. It’s not worth it to me,” Rivera said, according to The Associated Press.
He didn’t specifically reference Gutfeld while talking about his leaving.
Geraldo Rivera claimed he left “The Five” of his own volition, but Fox News “didn’t race after me to say, ‘Geraldo, please come back.'”
Morning, it’s official, I’m off @TheFive. My last scheduled show appearances are Thursday and Friday June 29th and 30th. It’s been a great run and I appreciate having had the opportunity. Being odd man out isn’t always easy. For the time being, I’m still Correspondent at Large.
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) June 21, 2023
According to an unnamed “insider,” the gossip website Radar Online portrayed the split as the conclusion of a long feud that included “knockdown drag-out fights” between the two.
“Geraldo and Greg do not get along. That is obvious to anyone who watches ‘The Five.’ But what people didn’t see on television is how often that tension spilled over to off-the-camera,” the insider said.
“There is no love lost between Geraldo and Greg, that is for certain,” the insider said.
According to the insider, Rivera seems to have outstayed his welcome at Fox News, as reported by Radar Online.
“Geraldo was once the favorite of Fox — but he doesn’t have that role anymore. Greg is the new king of Fox News having dominated the late-night timeslot with his show ‘Gutfeld!’” the insider said.
“Being at the top of your game ensures you have network bosses eating out the palm of his hands! In this power struggle, Gutfeld won,” the source said.
Geraldo Rivera appeared to have a strained relationship with Greg Gutfeld after multiple heated exchanges on "The Five" and had suggested that the co-host was the reason he was showing up less frequently on the cable news show. https://t.co/kLlcwXQXjD
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) June 21, 2023
According to a different source quoted by Radar Online, Rivera was not supported by senior management.
“When the tension between Greg and Geraldo spilled from on-air to off-air — and people were forced to pick a side — it came down to choosing between a Fox News stalwart or the future of Fox News. And Greg had the overwhelming backing,” the source said.
The Los Angeles Times reported that “Rivera’s departure is likely part of the cost-cutting moves that have been made across the network over the last month.”
According to the Times article, the layoffs are related to the almost $800 million settlement between Dominion Voting Systems and Fox News in their defamation lawsuit.