Geraldo Rivera caused a bit of a stir over the weekend when he posted a nearly-nude selfie on Twitter. Shortly after the image arrived, the journalist deleted the tweet.
However, the damage is already done. Rivera is now the butt of countless jokes, and it’s probably only a matter of time before his selfie becomes some sort of bizarre internet meme.
During his syndicated radio program on Monday, Geraldo Rivera attempted to explain what was going through his mind when he took the picture. Judging from his explanation, alcohol and loneliness played a hand in his misguided Twitter post.
“There I was, 2:30 in the morning on Sunday morning. You know, I do the show Saturday night, I did a great show on black-on-black crime and race relations and the Trayvon Martin fallout and federal charges… and I get home and there’s no one to talk to, everyone’s asleep,” Rivera exlained.
He continued, “And you just sit around, I had a drink and, you know, I had taken that picture Saturday morning and I was looking at it, just going through and I said ‘you know, I gotta tweet this thing. I look pretty good for a 70-year-old.'”
The journalist said he thought people would cut him some slack because he’s “so old.” He also hoped that no one would take the selfie seriously.
“And I just pushed the trigger,” Geraldo Rivera explained.
Call-in guest and television personality Eric Bolling wasn’t ready to let the poor guy off the hook.
“You’re one of the smartest people I know. What you did is one of the dumbest things a smart guy could possibly do,” he said.
Although Rivera has since removed the tweet in question, the image is still floating around the internet. If you’re curious to see what all of the fuss is about, direct your attention to the image below. The Inquisitr is not responsible for any permanent damage which may occur as a result.
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