Geraldo Rivera's exposing selfie (Twitter)
"70 is the new 50," he tweeted early Sunday along with this semi-nude selfie, adding in parentheses, "Erica and family are going to be so pissed...but at my age..." referring to his 38-year-old fifth wife.
There was quite a reaction to the "Geraldo At Large" host's online overshare, which felt more Kim Kardashian than newsman (and a senior citizen newsman at that!), prompting him to delete the snapshot late Sunday night.
"Note to self: no tweeting after 1am," he sheepishly wrote after removing the pic. He later gave an interview on WPLJ's "Scott and Todd" radio show in New York and said he had been drinking tequila before he posted the photo.
Maybe a slow weekend news day was to blame or maybe it was just seeing so darn much of Rivera — in his rose-tinted eyeglasses no less — that the photo spread like fire across the Internet (with more than 1,000 retweets by noon on Sunday) ... and so did the jokes! The father of five — and his poor white towel — became a quick and easy punch line for celebrities, comedians, and his own colleagues. Here are some of the best reactions (and recreations) we saw:
From some other political TV personalities…
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Geraldo's towel," says the president of Bed Bath and Beyond
— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) July 21, 2013
Thanks internet, I cannot unsee Geraldo Rivera's naked selfie. So much wrong. So. Much. Wrong... — Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 21, 2013
Celebs and comedians...
Dear Twitter: I did not need to know that Geraldo shaves his pubes. — Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) July 22, 2013
Geraldo throws his hat into the New York mayoral race pic.twitter.com/Sxh9dBEuWk
— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) July 21, 2013
Dear, Geraldo: STOP! Best, Jackée — Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) July 21, 2013
"Your move, Gerardo." -Geraldo
— B.J. Novak (@bjnovak) July 22, 2013
I don't know how we're all supposed to keep on like everything's fine when we live in a world where Geraldo posts naked selfies.
— Martha Plimpton (@MarthaPlimpton) July 21, 2013
Judging by Geraldo's sideways selfie and use of a Blackberry, I'd say he spent hours trying to figure out how to post that picture. — Jenny Johnson (@JennyJohnsonHi5) July 21, 2013
And last but not least Mario Lopez, whom we didn't realize was such a Geraldo fan...
Geraldo selfie tweet is the best.. 70 yrs old, 38 yr old wife, 5th wife! A 7 yr old kid.. 5 total & still in shape.. #OldSchoolLatinoPlaya
— Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) July 22, 2013
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