Fox News Stars Spar: Geraldo Rivera Accuses Sean Hannity Of ‘Gaslighting’ Viewers

Things got heated during a recent debate between these Fox News stars concerning the January 6 Capitol riots.

Fox News Stars Spar: Geraldo Rivera Accuses Sean Hannity Of ‘Gaslighting’ Viewers

Fancy some infighting? Look no further than the latest spat Wednesday between Fox News personalities Geraldo Rivera and Sean Hannity over the topic of the violent January 6 riots. Though the two are friends off-air, Rivera spared no words when he accused Hannity of “gaslighting” the public regarding the Capitol insurrection.

Fact From Fiction

The conversation between the two panelists got testy as they discussed the House committee’s undergoing hearing on the January riots. Hannity had invited Rivera as well as conservative political commentator, Dan Bongino, onto his show.

Hannity started the segment by leveling some questions at Rivera such as why the DC police chief was denied assistance six times during the riot, and what was Nancy Pelosi’s role in preparing the Capitol for such an event.

Rivera responded by welcoming his fellow panelists and hoping for an “erudite discussion” on the topic, though that went out the window with his next comment addressed towards Hannity.

“I think you’ve been, with all due respect and I love you, gaslighting, changing the subject,” Rivera said to Hannity. “The fact that the Capitol was targeted and that the prime instigator, the one who unleashed the mob, was the president of the United States. For god sakes, Sean …”

Rivera was certainly on the offensive and sounded like he was tired of Hannity focusing on the details leading up to the riot instead of what exactly happened on January 6 and for what reasons.

That’s when Hannity interrupted saying, “Geraldo, you just made an accusation against me. We’ve been friends a long time. Wait a minute. You just told me I’m gaslighting.”

As one would expect from Fox News, what happened next was an indiscernible bout of yelling as the two men talked over each other. Hannity of course defended former President Donald Trump, saying that he only told supporters to “peacefully and patriotically march to the Capitol so [their] voices would be heard.”

Agree To Disagree

Hannity later made comparisons between the Capitol riots and last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests echoing sentiments from fellow Fox commentator Tucker Carlson. Bongino also took shots at Rivera as well but as usual, not a clear consensus or agreement on the issue was made.

Around the eight-minute mark, Hannity simply ended the segment with an “Alright I gotta go guys,” and cut off Rivera while he was still speaking. So much for that “erudite” discussion he spoke of earlier.

The on-air squabble highlights the country’s division on what to make of the deadly attack earlier this year. As Rivera said, Hannity has been using his platform to shift blame for the riots away from former President Donald Trump. While both sides of the aisle have condemned the riots, some members of the GOP have taken great strides to downplay the events of January 6.

No Stranger To Controversy

If it’s one thing, Fox News has never been one to shy away from controversy no matter how extreme. Hannity is simply one commentator in a roster of other divisive personalities in the network, but it is surprising to see a fellow panelist stand up to him on-air for once. Other Fox antics include Megyn Kelly defending Britney Spears’ conservatorship, to Greg Gutfeld picking fights with comedian Russell Brand. If there’s a way to stir the pot for some intrigue, Fox News certainly finds a way.

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Last week, Michael Strahan posted an adorable spread of family vacation photos on his Instagram. Fans were quick to compliment the former football player on his beautiful family; by the looks of it, Strahan and company had a great time. But do the happy photos belie the star’s lengthy ongoing custody battle with ex-wife Jean […]

Is Michael Strahan Seeking Custody Of His Two Girls Amid Legal Fights And Recent Arrest Of Ex-Wife?

Last week, Michael Strahan posted an adorable spread of family vacation photos on his Instagram. Fans were quick to compliment the former football player on his beautiful family; by the looks of it, Strahan and company had a great time. But do the happy photos belie the star’s lengthy ongoing custody battle with ex-wife Jean Muggli?

A Troubled Past

While Strahan took his twin 16-year-old daughters Isabella and Sophie out to the sunny Bahamas, a nasty legal battle was still awaiting him back home. Last week, Strahan’s ex-wife made headlines when she was arrested for harassing her ex-girlfriend, now raising the question of whether Muggli is a danger to their children.

Though Strahan and Muggli divorced in 2006, their divorce battle still rages on. As one might expect, the split was incredibly nasty. Muggli was awarded a massive $15.3 million in spousal support plus an additional $18,000 a month in child support, which was lowered to $13,000 a few years back. Despite the massive sums of money, Muggli says that Strahan still owes her even more payments.

Even in the face of so much drama, Strahan still manages to be a good father and posts pictures of his children often on his Instagram. “My kids give me strength. I love being with the kids. To me, it’s all about family, now more than anything,” the star said in an interview with People.

The Battle Rages On

As Strahan’s legal battle lags on, things may turn in his favor with the recent arrest of Muggli. Isabella and Sophia spend their time equally between both parents but the two have been spotted hanging out with their father in New York a lot lately. Muggli’s troubled past also puts her claim to custody in jeopardy as well.

Muggli’s ex, Marianna Ayer, accused the 56-year-old woman of repeatedly harassing her after they broke up as well as abusing their dog. In one frightening instance, Muggli even pulled a fake gun on Ayer, claiming that it was real.

Though it’s unsure if Strahan is pushing for full-custody at this time, it does certainly make him look like a good parent to post vacation photos while his ex is busy getting arrested.

A Good Family Man Nonetheless

Even though things ended terribly between Strahan and Muggli, that doesn’t mean the Good Morning America star still can’t be on good terms with his other exes. Strahan also shares two adult children with his first wife, Wanda Hutchins.

In his autobiography, Strahan opened up about their split. “Wanda and I decided that while we would no longer be married, we would always be family,” he wrote in his autobiography Wake Up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life.

Today, Strahan and Hutchins maintain an amicable relationship. After his second divorce, Hutchins even defended Strahan and disclosed child support payments to counter Muggli’s incredibly high demands. Now that’s family! Though the situation surrounding Strahan and his twin daughters remains up in the air, we wish the TV personality a happy resolution to all of this.

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