Iconic broadcaster and author, Geraldo Rivera, celebrated his new book The Geraldo Show: A Memoir (published by BenBella Books) with a book party with Bo Dietl who partnered with Geraldo on “Bo’s Table at Rao’s” in East Harlem, hosted by Sean Hannity and Friends at Del Frisco’s Restaurant in New York City. The event, which featured a selection of the restaurant’s Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres, took place on Monday April 2, 2018 between 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
Notable attendees included: Geraldo Rivera, Erica Rivera, Host Sean Hannity, comedian Gilbert Gottfried, Fox and Friends hosts Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade, Fox-5’s Rosanna Scotto, rock promoter Ron Delsener, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News anchors Bill Hemmer, Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Kennedy, comedian Joe Piscopo, General John F. Campbell, Liz Claman, Tiki Barber, Bo Dietl, Curtis Silwa, Tamsen Fadal, Professor Alan Dershowitz, cosmetics czar John Demsey, style maven Alina Cho, attorneys Gerald Lefcourt and Dan Abrams, Andrew Stein, and John and Margo Catsimatidis.
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Often seen on Fox News as intellectual sparring partners, Host Sean Hannity and Geraldo Rivera spoke graciously of one-another’s qualities both professionally as well as off-screen. In his introduction, Sean thanked everyone for coming and described Geraldo as “the older brother I never had” as well as “a true patriot who took a tremendous pay cut and left his big desk job at CNBC after 9/11 to go to Afghanistan as a war correspondent for Fox News. He did it because he lost friends and neighborsthat day. Nobody got closer to the action than Geraldo did. I remember talking with him night after night from Tora Bora and the other battlefields. Now he’s written a terrific book The Geraldo Show that I hope you all read.”
In responding to Sean’s introductory comments Geraldo noted that, “As the Fox News experience has taught me, you don’t have to agree on every issue to really care for the other person. You can’t just be friends with people who are in lock step with you philosophically or politically. We disagree on a lot of issues, but Sean is my dear friend, one of my best friends on earth. I honor the fact that he trusts me to be on his number one rated program on a weekly basis.”
The Geraldo Show: A Memoir is a heartfelt, eye-opening autobiography of Geraldo’s extraordinary life and times, recounts his award-winning, action-packed, emotionally charged and controversial 48-years in the news business, his far-flung adventures in war and peace, his triumphant 15-yearlong shot marriage to wife and partner Erica, and his wild bunch of family and eclectic friends who range from conservative commentator Sean Hannity to stoner comic Cheech Marin to Donald J. Trump, the forty-fifth President of the United States.
The book includes a sympathetic, but not sycophantic portrait of the president. Bothnative New Yorkers, the two friends have known each other for decades through various phases of life in the big city. They speak frequently and Geraldo explains his choice following the 2016 election to back the president, whenever ethically and honorably possible.
The book tells how Geraldo’s support of the polarizing president has cost friendships and caused tension, even within Geraldo’s own family. Erica, like a majority of American women, opposes the president’s policies and Geraldo describes their friction common these days in millions of similarly divided American households.
In the wake of the devastating 9/11 attacks, Geraldo tells how he left “Rivera Live”, his top-rated show on CNBC, to join Fox News and the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Geraldo brings the reader inside his decade-long, obsessive pursuit of the terror mastermind from bin Laden’s Tora Bora Afghanistan hideout to the day almost ten years later in May 2011 when he was killed by our Navy SEALS, exhilarating news Geraldo broke to the American people.
The Geraldo Show: A Memoir also tells the melancholy story of the downfall of Roger Ailes, his friend and mentor, and of other powerful men like reigning anchors Bill O’Reilly and Matt Lauer, and it explores the role played by several strong women, including Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly, in making history in the painful process.
The book also describes the inevitable toll of age, and of a hard life, well lived. The Geraldo Show is vivid history, told from the inside out.
The Geraldo Show: A Memoir by BenBella Books is available at Geraldo.com, Barnes & Nobles, Amazon and Google Books. The book launched on April 3, 2018.
Photo credit: 1) Bo Dietl, Geraldo Rivera. 2) Tiki Barber. 3) Curtis Silwa. 4) Erica Rivera, Geraldo Rivera, Sean Hannity. 5) Fox-5’s Rosanna Scotto. 6) Margo Catsimatidis, John Catsimatidis. 7) Kimberly Guilfoyle. 8) John Demsey, Geraldo Rivera, Alina Cho. 9) Kennedy. 10) Book covers.(Photo Credit: Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan).