Geraldo Rivera Fired For Naked Selfie, Fox News Anchor Let Go By Duquesne University Panel For Nude Photo

  @RebeckaSchumannr.schumann@ibtimes.com on September 04 2013 7:57 AM

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A previously released nude self-portrait posted by Fox News anchor Geraldo Rivera has resulted in his recent dismissal from a university panel.

The 70-year-old Emmy award-winning broadcaster announced on Twitter Friday that he was let go from participating in an upcoming panel at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa., because of the image. “Just heard Duquesne Univ cancelled my appearance at JFK assassination panel because of 'selfie',” said Rivera, who took to Twitter again two days later to ask his 47,494 followers if they believed he deserved to be terminated. “Duquesne's cancellation of my JFK panel appearance is pretentious censorship. Do students agree with administration? Am I banned for life?” he said.

According to a report from the New York Daily News Tuesday, Rivera was scheduled to speak on the panel in honor of the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination. The university reportedly chose Rivera to moderate a discussion on media ethics as he was the first to air the footage of Kennedy’s death in 1975. According to the report, Rivera agreed to not be compensated for the event.

In light of the termination, a spokesperson for Duquesne University, a Catholic higher education institution, spoke out about Rivera’s comments. “We warn our students not to put anything inappropriate on social media because of potential consequences,” said spokeswoman Bridget Fare. “You could consider this teaching by example,” she said.

Rivera first shared the nude “selfie” on Twitter in late July, the image showcasing the longtime broadcasters’ entire body, his private areas shielded by a white towel. The graphic photo included the message, “70 is the new 50.” The controversial photo has since been deleted.

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