Geraldo Rivera on quitting CNBC to join Fox News after 9/11: “I was so furious”

0
208


Labor Day marks 50 years on television for Geraldo Rivera and Fox News will celebrate with a one-hour special called “FOX Nation Presents: I Am Geraldo, 50 Years” on Sunday at 10 p.m. ET.

‘FOX Nation Presents: I Am Geraldo 50 Years’ will feature highlights from FOX Nation’s four-part documentary series that examines Rivera’s legendary career with unique archival footage from his days as a young street reporter throughout. of his time as a war correspondent.

GERALDO RIVERA REFLECTS ON THE CLAIMS ROLE OF “THE WORLD’S FIRST ROCK-N-ROLL NEWSPAPER” 5O YEARS LATER

Highlighting his golden birthday ahead of the Sunday night special, Rivera spoke of a pivotal moment in his career following the September 11, 2001 attacks, when the native New Yorker walked away from a high-paying CNBC concert. and joined Fox News to work as a war correspondent. The move was personal for Rivera, he explained.

“I had a cushy job on the top rated show on CNBC at the time. But they didn’t want to let me go to war and when 9/11 happened it hit my hometown, ”he told Jon Scott.

“We lost six dads in our child’s primary school,” Rivera said. “It was outrageous and terrible and I was so furious that I just wanted to take personal revenge on Osama Bin Laden and what they did to my city and my country. And CNBC didn’t let me go.

“I took 40% of the salary they paid me to go to work as a correspondent and I did not regret it for a minute. ”

GERALDO RIVERA: IN THE WAKE OF HURRICANE LAURA ON KATRINA’S BIRTHDAY, I RECALL KILLER STORM COVERAGE

Rivera flew 11 missions in Afghanistan and 11 in Iraq, as well as multiple trips to other battle-torn regions. He has been a part of Fox News ever since and appears regularly across the channel with regular spots on “FOX & Friends” and “Hannity”.

“The time I spent… overseas has been a blessing for me and just broadened my perspective on life,” Rivera said. “It’s been a crazy, crazy time to be a Fox News correspondent and to be a journalist in this country when we’ve been through so much…

“I love that I have something to say,” Rivera added, “and people always want to listen. ”

Brian Flood of Fox News contributed to this report.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here