5 Things to Know About Dancing with the Stars' Geraldo Rivera
Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars premieres Monday on ABC
If you aren’t a frequent Fox News Channel viewer or haven’t watched The Celebrity Apprentice in several years, you may not know who he is. But, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are five things you should know about this veteran journalist before he hits the dance floor on Monday.
1. He’s an award-winning journalist.
Over the past several decades, Rivera has covered major stories like Hurricane Katrina, the war in Afghanistan and more. He’s won several awards including a Peabody Award, two Columbia-duPont awards and seven local Emmys. Right now, he’s senior correspondent for Fox News Channel where he hosts Geraldo Rivera Reports and often appears on Fox and Friends and The Five.
2. He’s no stranger to controversy.
During an appearance Fox and Friends in 2012, Rivera said he believed Trayvon Martin’s hoodie was “as much responsible” for his death “as George Zimmerman was.” However, he later apologized for these comments after receiving some backlash. Most recently, he criticized Kendrick Lamar‘s powerful performance of “Alright” at the 2015 BET Awards, saying, “This is why I say that hip-hop has done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years.”
3. This isn’t his first competitive reality show.
Before joining DWTS, Rivera also competed in the 14th season of NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice. He was came in second place to Leeza Gibbons, who won the season.
4. His daughter was in Paris during the attacks in November.
The Paris attacks in November were especially frightening for Rivera because his daughter, Simone, 21, was at the Stade de France for the France vs. Germany soccer match when suicide bombs went off outside of the stadium. After sharing an emotional on-air phone call after the attacks, Rivera flew to Paris to be with his daughter.
“So relieved,” he tweeted after reuniting with his daughter in Paris.
5. He thinks Donald Trump could be President.
Rivera was backing a Donald Trump bid for presidency even before the real-estate mogul officially announced his candidacy in June. After the finale of The Celebrity Apprentice, he told PEOPLE, “I would love him to throw his hat in the ring. I think he’d really stir up the GOP.”
And, he hasn’t changed his tune in the past year. “I think he’s gonna be the nominee and he may be the president,” the former daytime host told PEOPLE earlier in March.
Dancing with the Stars premieres Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.