Geraldo Rivera pulled a Jamie Foxx and blamed alcohol for his half-naked "selfie" on Twitter. In an interview with Scott & Todd on 95.5 PLJ Radio, the Fox News contributor set the record straight on the impromptu and intoxicated shot.
“I took it Saturday morning,” Geraldo said. “I was back in the bathroom at 2:30. I had a couple of drinks. I said ‘Dammit I like that picture!’ I learned how to use Twitter a couple weeks ago.”
For a Twitter newbie, he sure got a handle of the social media practices quick. He explained that he had cracked open a bottle after taping a show because he was too alert to hop into bed. When asked his liquor of choice, he responded, “This weekend was tequila. I never do tequila when I’m alone and I had a new bottle that someone had given me. I got so many bottles for my birthday.”
After announcing that "70 is the new 50," Rivera's snapshot soon became a viral hit with tweeters firing off hilarious reactions like user @TheDiLLon1 21, who wrote, "Geraldo Rivera posted a half naked picture on twitter?! Is he running for Mayor of New York?!?"
Rivera added that his employer Fox News told him to strip (pun intended) his timeline of the revealing flick, but it was a digital reprimanding from his 18-year-old that landed him in more trouble.
“My 18-year-old had written me in all caps saying ‘TAKE THAT THING DOWN RIGHT NOW,’” he told Scott and Todd.
Still, his fifth wife, Erica Levy, was surprisingly ecstatic about the exposure. "This is exactly the kind of thing that happens when I fall asleep first...Thank god we have towels in the bathroom," she told E! News. "But I'm proud my husband looks so hot!"
Hopefully, Geraldo keeps his personal photo shoots behind his closed doors in the future.