Hollywood's History of Sexual Misconduct

The Fox News star can't resist tweeting out his thoughts on Lauer's termination, and now he's paying the price.

Geraldo Rivera defended Matt Lauer in several tweets Wednesday and Twitter is letting him have it.

The Fox News correspondent said journalism is a "flirty" industry, dumped the idea of all-female morning shows, and demanded more requirements be put in place for companies to actually consider an allegation. In short, he pissed a lot of people off.

Responses included this gem: "Wait. Do you think whipping out your dick is romantic?" Bloomberg reporter Kim Basin tweeted back, "So you're saying if someone sexually assaults you in a private room with nobody else around, and no one wrote anything down about it at the time, you should just accept that you've been assaulted and shut the hell up? That's vile."

That's not all Rivera had to say on the subject, either, although he probably should have quit before he dug himself a deeper hole.

"A jerk's a jerk in dating," the Fox News personality added. "Sex Harassment should be confined to situations where superior imposes himself on subordinate who feels unable to complain because of power of perp or feared consequences to victim's employment. Shouldn't be used to get even with bad bosses or hated ex's."

"Heard well-regarded women in media today suggesting morning shows go to an all-female format. That should be as unacceptably retro as the other way around," he wrote. "Sex Harassment allegations should require: 1-made in a timely fashion-say within 5 yrs. 2-some contemporaneous corroboration, like witnesses, electronic or written communications with money settlements in multi-millions slight chance exists some victims are motivated by more than justice."

He concluded, "This issue is so red hot right now there is no room for any thought or opinion but hang em high. If news wasn’t (formerly) a flirty biz then how do we explain so many newsroom courtships that have led to happy marriages?"

And here's the backlash those thoughts earned him:

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