Geraldo Rivera appeared on The View Friday, and the hosts pressed the media veteran on his defenses of a number of men accused of sexual harassment as part of the Me Too movement.
Most notably, Rivera defended ousted NBC Newsman Matt Lauer — accused of extensive sexual harassment and misconduct by women at the network — penning a controversial tweet in which he praised Lauer, called news a “flirty business” and accused the movement of “criminalizing courtship.”
On The View, Rivera started by praising the Me Too movement, and noted that Lauer has “always be so gracious to me and my family.”
“And I spoke and tweeted before I heard the severity of the allegation,” he said. “I should have withheld my digits…until I knew all of the facts.”
Geraldo noted he’s in a similar bind with other men he is friends with in media that have been accused of sexual harassment — listing off Charlie Rose, and Tavis Smiley, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Donald Trump.
“You seem to be blinded by the fact that you like them?” Joy Behar said.
“I cop to that,” Geraldo conceded. “[But] that’s not nothing,” he said, before noting the ways those people have helped him out.
“They did terrible things Geraldo!” Sunny Hostin contended.
Rivera countered that there needs to be due process in the movement.
Watch above, via ABC.
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