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Geraldo Rivera Apologizes For Tweets on Matt Lauer: ‘I Didn’t Sufficiently Explain’ Myself

Geraldo Rivera has now backed away from his tweets defending ex-Today Show anchor Matt Lauer.

In a statement to Twitter, the Fox News personality offered this apology:

“Reaction to my tweets today on #sexharassment makes clear I didn’t sufficiently explain that this is a horrendous problem long hidden,” Rivera wrote. “Harassers are deviants who deserve what is coming to them. Often victims are too frightened to come forward in a timely fashion. I humbly apologize.”

Earlier today, the Fox News personality took to Twitter to call Lauer a “great guy,” and seemed to undermine the allegations of sexual harassment that were made against the Today host by saying that the news industry is a “flirty business.”

He was immediately slammed on Twitter so much that Fox News issued a statement condemning his tweets.

“Geraldo’s tweets do not reflect the views of Fox News or its management. We were troubled by his comments and are addressing them with him,” the network stated.

In the wake of the firestorm, a clip resurfaced from a 1991 interview with Bette Midler accusing Rivera of groping her back the ’70s.

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