October 1, 2020

Geraldo Rivera reveals story behind quitting CNBC to join Fox after 9/11

Fox News legend Geraldo Rivera opened up about his decision to quit his high-paying and cushy job at CNBC to become a Fox war correspondent after the September 11 attacks in an interview released on Sunday. 

“I had a cushy job in the highest-rated show on CNBC at the time,” Rivera told co-host Jon Scott. “But they would not let me go to war and when 9/11 happened, it hit my hometown.” Rivera hosted Rivera Live, a CNBC evening news and interview show from 1994 up until the 9/11 attacks.

“We lost six dads in our child’s elementary school,” Rivera continued. “It was outrageous and terrible and I was so furious, I just wanted to personally take revenge against Usama bin Laden and what they did to my town and my country. And CNBC would not let me go.”

Since CNBC didn’t want to let him leave his show to cover the war, “I took 40% of the pay that they were paying me to go to work as a correspondent and I’ve not regretted it for a minute.”

After joining Fox, Rivera spent several years covering 11 assignments in Afghanistan and 11 in Iraq along with multiple trips to other battle-torn areas until he transitioned into hosting his own radio shows on various channels along with making regular appearances on “FOX & Friends” and “Hannity.”

“The time I spent…overseas has been a blessing to me and just broadened my whole point of view in life,” Rivera continued. “It has been a wild and crazy time to be a correspondent at Fox News and to be a reporter in this country as we’ve gone through so much….”

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16 Responses

  1. We appreciate his encouragement to our troops and thankful we have someone who takes a stand for America.
    But then we have people like Will Smith, who acted in a movie called Mohammed, then joins, the Nation of Islam, a branch or chapter off the Black Panthers. Some consider it, to be a terrorist group. He just donated $150,000. to it.

  2. Good on you Geraldo. God Bless you.
    You’ve allways been upfront and told both sides of a story before giving your opinion.
    Unlike reporters & journalists today.

  3. Geraldo should replace Juan Williams on the “five”. Sure would improve the show. Everyone knows what Juan is going to say or when he’s going to start rolling his eyes.

  4. God bless you geraldo Rivera you will be missed on the fox I always value your opinion even a lot of times I don’t agree with you I do like you like the last person said you should join the five and get rid of Juan Williams at least I respect your opinion 90% of the time I don’t always agree with you but I do say your fair and balanced God bless you

  5. What I found strange and weird on joe Biden s trip to Wisconsin ,at church many black people , he wore his mask at all times . And then with all reporters even close up when he excepted questions he had no mask , my personal opinion why , the mask with black , they appeared clean , Joe Biden a little scared about Covit ? But not afraid around your own white . That tells Me lots about your love for minorities. Actions matter .you only care about pious self

  6. The best thing you could do, Geraldo, is replace Juan Williams on The Five. You & Greg Gutfeld could have some very ‘interesting’ conversations. Greg has nearly kick Juan off the show several times. I’m sure
    you & Greg would get along fine. Would like to see someone else in Juan’s place place. It’s not b/c I don’t like Wiliams, it’s just b/c I don’t like his ignorant comments at times. I’m all for you heading in that direction. Besides, it would keep you busy b/c I’m sure you have been sitting around all your life wondering what to do. Looking forward to seeing you on The Five!! Toodles~~~~\

  7. There are a few good journalists left and most work for fox.

    If Walter Cronkite were here today and had to watch a CNN broadcast, I think he’d have to leave the room to throw up.

  8. GERALDO FIGHT FOR LA SOPA MOVEMENT. ALL DEMONIORATS MUST BE DEFEATED,AND THE NEVER TRUMPER TOOTHLESS SNAILS LIKE ROMNEY BURGER SHOULD GO AS WELL. 4000 BOATS FOR TRUMP, ALL THE VOTERS THAT ARE UNDECLARED- FOR TRUMP.WE WI LL SEND THEM TO THE KEYS FOR A GOOD CONCH FRITTER SOUP. LA SOPA WILL PREVAIL.

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    of plagorism or copyright infringement? My blog has a lot of
    exclusive content I’ve either written myself or outsourced
    but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my authorization. Do you know any
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