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Fox’s Geraldo Rivera: I Wish Roger Ailes Died Before Accusations Were Made Public, ‘I Loved Him’

Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera said he wishes that his former boss, former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, had died a year earlier for the sake of his legacy.

Rivera added that he saw “no predator” in Ailes, despite the multiple sexual allegations that were brought against him and eventually led to his ousting.

Ailes died in May 2017 after his departure from Fox News less than a year earlier. Ailes had been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women who worked at Fox News, including former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson. While none of the accusations against Ailes were ever proven, Fox News and its parent company, 21st Century Fox, spent millions of dollars to settle lawsuits against the former chairman.

“I think that Roger was drummed out of the business,” Rivera said Wednesday on “Your World With Neil Cavuto.”

“In many ways his legacy was erased. In many ways it’s almost as if Roger never existed” Rivera said.

The Fox News host then made a stunning admission about the timing of Ailes’ passing.

“I have found myself wishing wistfully, because I loved him, that he had died a year earlier before this all broke,” Rivera said, referring to the numerous reports highlighting Ailes’ alleged sexual misconduct. Rivera added that if Ailes would have died just one year earlier, “he’d have a statue on Mt. Rushmore.”

“Here he has endowed journalism schools and they’ve taken his name off. Senior citizen centers and they’ve erased his name,” Rivera said.

Rivera then took on the allegations against Ailes more directly, saying he never saw “that aspect of Roger.” Noting that Ailes was a “bully” and a bar room brawler,” Rivera insisted “there was no predator in Roger that I saw.”

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