Geraldo Rivera has taken a step back from the Fox News show The Five, saying that “a growing tension that goes beyond editorial differences” is making his participation as the lone liberal voice on the show unpleasant, the Associated Press reported.
“It has been a rocky ride but it has also been an exhilarating adventure that spanned quite a few years,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday. “I hope it’s not my last adventure.”
Rivera’s last appearance on the show will be July 4.
The show is the most-watched program on Fox News, with an average of more than 3 million viewers last year. The premise of the show features five people, one liberal and four conservative, who discuss the day’s news stories.
Rivera says he plans to remain on the network as a “correspondent at large,” with a contract that expires in January 2025.
“There has been a growing tension that goes beyond editorial differences and personal annoyances and gripes,” he said. “It’s not worth it to me.”
“I’m 80 years old,” he said. “I don’t want the friction. ‘The Five’ is too intimate a place and it gets too personal.”