Matt Lauer doesn't appear to have many people in his corner right now, but the disgraced former Today Show anchor has a sympathetic ear in Geraldo Rivera. The Fox New personality is one of the few people defending Matt Lauer against the sexual misconduct allegations that cost the longtime host his high-profile job on the NBC morning show.
After news of Matt Lauer's firing was announced, Geraldo Rivera took to Twitter to fire off a series of tweets about the scandal, explaining that journalism is a "flirty business" and that sexual harassment claims should require more proof than just he said-she said.
Geraldo Rivera offered praise for Matt Lauer's journalistic abilities, describing him as "a great guy, highly skilled and a real gentleman to my family and me." On the heels of recent sexual harassment allegations against Charlie Rose, Bill O'Reilly, Roger Ailes, and now, Lauer, Rivera then addressed the "epidemic" of sexual harassment claims in the news business by writing the following.
"News is a flirty business & it seems like [the] current epidemic of #SexHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship & conflating it [with] predation."
Still, with several of his male news colleagues now out of work, Geraldo Rivera slammed the idea of an all-female morning show format, calling the idea "unacceptably retro as the other way around," and adding, "A jerk's a jerk in dating."
Geraldo ended his tweet-fest with a proposal for how sexual harassment allegations should be heard: In a timely fashion, with witnesses and proof via electronic or written communications. You can see Geraldo Rivera's tweets below.