Geraldo Rivera returns to Fox News Channel weekends with “At Large with Geraldo Rivera” and his syndicated show is cancelled. Here’s FNC’s release…
At Large with Geraldo Rivera will return to FOX News Channel (FNC) on Saturday and Sunday evenings (timeslot to be determined) as part of a new multi-year deal with Geraldo Rivera and the cable network, announced Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO, FOX News and Chairman, FOX Television Stations. In addition to hosting his signature program, Rivera will continue to make guest appearances on The O’Reilly Factor and serve as a correspondent at large during major breaking news events.
Because of his return to FNC, the syndicated Geraldo at Large will cease production in mid-January at which time FOX Television Stations will explore new syndicated fare to replace the program.
In making the announcement, Ailes said, “Geraldo is a great talent and did a tremendous job for us in syndication. His ratings were climbing in several markets, including New York. However, with the soft ad marketplace, the lack of an early news lead-in for his show in several cities and the timeline for financial success, I’ve asked him to come back to FOX News Channel. We look forward to bringing his special journalistic skills back to FNC.”
Geraldo Rivera added, “I’m proud to work for Roger and I’m a team player. FOX News Channel is the best outfit in the business and the new deal allows me to cover breaking news and work with one of the most talented group of reporters in the world. Roger and I go back decades and I want to thank him for another great opportunity.
FOX Television Stations CEO, Jack Abernethy, commented, “We want to thank Geraldo for always bringing viewers compelling news stories through the syndicated program. His strong in-depth reporting and that of his correspondents was well-received in top ten markets such as Dallas, Atlanta and Detroit and we appreciate the hard work and dedication put forth by the entire Geraldo At Large staff.”
UPDATE: The obvious question that will be on some peoples’ minds is what happens to Laurie Dhue and the other correspondents? I don’t know the answer to that but it would seem highly improbable to me that they would be let go so I would assume they would return to FNC. Though in Dhue’s case the question of “in what capacity?” will be asked since she left FNC as the Fox News Live Sunday/Fox Report Sunday anchor and weekday primetime update anchor and all of those positions were filled long ago. In fact FNC has recently cut the number of appearances update anchors make during Fox News Live and Fox and Friends.