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Geraldo Rivera tries to explain nearly nude selfie: 'I just pushed the trigger'

Date July 23, 2013

By Sara Morrison

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Geraldo Rivera, who tweeted a nearly naked photo of himself early Sunday morning to the shock and horror of thousands, if not millions, offered an explanation for his actions on his syndicated daily radio show on Monday. To summarize: he was drunk, lonely and into himself.

Television personality Eric Bolling and former governor Eliot Spitzer were Rivera's call-in guests, and Bolling quickly set about finding out what happened.

"Of all the people that should know better, it should be you," Bolling said. "What were you thinking?"

"There I was, 2:30 in the morning on Sunday morning. You know, I do the show Saturday night, 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. And you just sit around, I had a drink and, you know, I had taken that picture Saturday morning and I was looking at it, just going through and I said 'you know, I gotta tweet this thing. I look pretty good for a 70-year-old.' And I think because I'm so old people will cut me some slack, they won't take it took seriously. And I just pushed the trigger."

Spitzer, who knows a little something about public disgrace, was optimistic. "The public will not only forgive you, they will say 'move on.'"

Bolling wasn't convinced. "You're one of the smartest people I know," he said. "What you did is one of the dumbest things a smart guy could possibly do."

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