Wednesday morning, a major development at Fox News was revealed on Twitter. A longtime co-host of “The Five,” the network’s top-performing show relative to other networks, has announced his departure.
Geraldo Rivera, a left-leaning former journalist who has long served as the “odd man out” on the show, in his own words, announced that his final appearances on the show will come at the end of June.
“Morning, it’s official, I’m off @TheFive. My last scheduled show appearances are Thursday and Friday June 29th and 30th. It’s been a great run and I appreciate having had the opportunity. Being odd man out isn’t always easy. For the time being, I’m still Correspondent at Large,” Rivera tweeted.
Morning, it’s official, I’m off @TheFive. My last scheduled show appearances are Thursday and Friday June 29th and 30th. It’s been a great run and I appreciate having had the opportunity. Being odd man out isn’t always easy. For the time being, I’m still Correspondent at Large.
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) June 21, 2023
The news comes over a month after Rivera posted a cryptic tweet suggesting his time at Fox may have been over back in early May.
“My appearances today and tomorrow on The Five have been canceled,” Rivera tweeted. “I’m sure there’s a good reason. Never fear, I’ll be back week after next. Stay safe and happy. Thanks.”
Rivera was known for incurring the wrath of the network’s right-wing base throughout his tenure, which began in 2001 when he joined Fox as a war correspondent.
His departure comes amidst the network’s lowest ratings in years.
In the wake of Tucker Carlson’s ousting, Fox has struggled to maintain the dominance it held over the rest of the cable media for nearly a decade. Now, the network is even losing to left-wing rival MNSBC.
MSNBC dethroned Fox News from its long-held position of dominance in the cable news ratings last week. According to Nielsen data, for the first time in over two years, MSNBC has surpassed Fox News in weekly primetime viewership. This shift marks the end of Fox News’s 120-week-long winning streak, a significant milestone in the competitive world of cable news.
The data shows that Fox’s primetime viewership averaged 1,504,429, while MSNBC’s viewership over the same time frame averaged 1,520,857. This narrow margin has been enough to tip the scales in favor of MSNBC, a network that has traditionally been seen as much more left-leaning compared to the conservative Fox News.