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Geraldo Rivera blames the booze

Michael DeLaney

Apparently alcohol has adverse effects

Geraldo Rivera, the handlebar-mustachioed grandpa that you never wanted, is blaming his recent Twitter picture debacle on alcohol. If you hadn’t already heard, or haven’t yet burned this wonderful image of old age into your mind, Geraldo Rivera posted a half-naked photo of himself on Twitter early Sunday morning.

Geraldo Rivera, host of Fox News’ Geraldo at Large, took the half-naked “selfie” (it hurts to write that word) at 2:30 AM after a private tequila party of one. The veteran newsman described the night to 95.5 FM’s Scott & Todd morning show.

“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,” Geraldo Rivera explained.

Since Geraldo Rivera was awfully lonely and doing a Billy Idol “Dancing with Myself” wasn’t an option, he opted instead for drinking with himself. He says that he had a nice bottle of tequila that a friend gave him for his birthday and decided to pour himself one drink too many.

I’m assuming it was sometime after this that he discovered that his cell phone could also transform into a camera, which is probably when he took the picture of his 70-year-old chest by himself in the bathroom.

“It was 2:30 a.m., and I said, ‘Damn it, I like that picture,’” Geraldo Rivera told Scott & Todd. “I learned how to use Twitter a couple weeks ago, and there it was.” No one knows how many days in the bathroom it took Geraldo Rivera to learn how to use Twitter, however.

The following day he recapped how he awoke to discover a text message from his 18-year-old daughter insisting that he take the topless photo down. I imagine that his daughter must’ve been embarrassed to wake up to discover that photo herself, and once again remember that she was the daughter of Geraldo Rivera.

Along with the request from his daughter, Geraldo Rivera also got word from Fox News to take down the photo. Fox News is many things, but a purveyor of elderly Playgirl photos? Perish the thought.

“It seemed like a great idea at the time,” he said. Geraldo Rivera, the hard-hitting journalist who cracked the mystery behind drunken decisions wide open.

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