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Geraldo Rivera's Topless Selfie: Blame It on the Tequila (Video)

Today is National Tequila Day, and all over the world, people are celebrating with a margarita or a good Anejo. But as anyone who has woken up after a long night of pounding shots can tell you, too much of a good thing can be dangerous -- especially when Twitter is involved.

That's apparently what happened to newsman turned talk-show host Geraldo Rivera, who this past Sunday posted a self-portrait of himself draped in a towel. Rivera accompanied the pic with the message, "70 is the new 50 (Erica and family are going to be so pissed... but at my age...)".

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Not only was his family pissed... but so was celebrity chef/author Anthony Bourdain, who Tweeted the picture more than a half-dozen times, with a different quip each time:

Maybe this explains what prompted a 70-year-old man to post a seminaked pic at 2:30 in the morning? The same thing that prompts a 21-year-old woman to flash her boobs while dancing on a bar -- tequila!

While being interviewed on WPLJ Radio's Scott & Todd in the Morning radio show, Rivera revealed that after his show, he had "a couple of drinks". It was 2:30 in the morning and, like all decisions made while buzzed, he "thought it was a great idea."

The next morning, Rivera got a message from his 18-year-old daughter (all in caps): "TAKE THAT THING DOWN."

Thankfully, Rivera had a great sense of humor about the whole thing. When asked by one of the WPLJ crew why he's wearing a shirt now, Rivera explains, "The a/c is cold here. I don't want my nipples to get hard."

After being prompted by the radio jocks, Rivera finally spills the beans about the root cause of the incident:

"This weekend was tequila. I never do tequila when I'm alone, but I had this new bottle that someone had given me. I got so many bottles for my birthday. By the second one, my fate was sealed."

Something tells me that Rivera never has to worry about his 18-year-old doing too many shots of Cuervo... ever!

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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