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Oliver Gettell
November 29, 2017 AT 10:01 PM EST

Fox News has distanced itself from Geraldo Rivera’s controversial tweets about sexual harassment Wednesday, in which the correspondent-at-large defended ousted Today anchor Matt Lauer and said that “News is a flirty business.”

The network said in a statement to EW, “Geraldo’s tweets do not reflect the views of Fox News or its management. We were troubled by his comments and are addressing them with him.”

Rivera, 74, currently serves as a roaming correspondent for Fox News Channel and first joined the network in 2001. On Wednesday afternoon, he weighed in on Lauer’s firing from NBC after a sexual misconduct review.

“Sad about @MLauer great guy, highly skilled & empathetic w guests & a real gentleman to my family & me,” Rivera tweeted. “News is a flirty business & it seems like current epidemic of #SexHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship & conflating it w predation.”

He added, “#SexHarassment should be confined to situations where superior imposes himself on subordinate who feels unable to complain because of power of perp or feared consequences to victim’s employment. Shouldn’t be used to get even w bad bosses or hated ex’s.”

Rivera’s tweets drew widespread criticism online. See some reactions below.

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