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Geraldo Rivera talks leaving CNBC to join Fox News after 9/11: ‘I was so furious’

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Labor Day marks 50 years on television for Geraldo Rivera and Fox News will celebrate with a one-hour special entitled “FOX Nation Presents: I Am Geraldo, 50 Years” on Sunday, at 10 p.m. ET.

“FOX Nation Presents: I Am Geraldo 50 Years” will feature highlights from FOX Nation’s four-part documentary series that examines Rivera’s storied career with unique archival footage from his days as a young street reporter all the way through his time as a war correspondent.

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Highlighting his golden anniversary ahead of Sunday night’s special, Rivera opened up about a pivotal point in his career following the attacks of September 11, 2001, when the native New Yorker walked away from a high-paying CNBC gig and joined Fox News to work as a war correspondent. The move was a personal one for Rivera, he explained.

“I had a cushy job in the highest-rated show on CNBC at the time. But they would not let me go to war and when 9/11 happened, it hit my hometown,” he told Jon Scott.

“We lost six dads in our child’s elementary school,” Rivera said. “It was outrageous and terrible and I was so furious, I just wanted to personally take revenge against Usama bin Laden and what they did to my town and my country. And CNBC would not let me go.

“I took 40% of the pay that they were paying me to go to work as a correspondent and I’ve not regretted it for a minute.”

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Rivera did 11 assignments in Afghanistan and 11 in Iraq along with multiple trips to other battle-torn areas. Since then, he’s been a fixture on Fox News ever since and appears regularly across the channel with regular spots on “FOX & Friends” and “Hannity.”

“The time I spent…overseas has been a blessing to me and just broadened my whole point of view in life,” Rivera said. “It has been a wild and crazy time to be a correspondent at Fox News and to be a reporter in this country as we’ve gone through so much….

“I love the fact that I have something to say,” Rivera added, “and people apparently still want to listen.”

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.

Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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