The pair was discussing Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis' botched handling of the pandemic. At every turn, DeSantis has eagerly loosened or outrightly banned the enforcement of safety protocols like mask mandates and vaccine passports. Florida has shattered its all-time pandemic record for daily new cases and leads the United States in hospitalizations.
Rivera attempted to criticize DeSantis before being shut down by Hannity. When Bongino began defending DeSantis, the panel erupted into personal attacks and shouting.
"It's not my fault you never know what you're talking about. It's not my fault that you never research anything before you come on the air!"
Meanwhile, an irate Rivera shouted:
"You are so full of crap! You are so full of it! That's why I hate coming on with you, because you are such a cheap shot, you're a backstabbing cheap shot. ... I'm embarrassed to be on this air with you."
The feud seeped out of the segment and onto social media, where Rivera called Bongino out on Twitter.
Rivera's callout made waves on the outlet.
@GeraldoRivera @dbongino Love-love you Geraldo.. you know how to get a conversation started. If one life is saved… https://t.co/i4xrw5lsBx— Pecan Tan (@Pecan Tan) 1628259157.0
@GeraldoRivera @dbongino Your head is just like Al Capones vault!.....EMPTY!!!!!!— Curtis Huff (@Curtis Huff) 1628251564.0
@GeraldoRivera @dbongino So weird that people are emotionally attached to the narrative that 600,000 deaths is NBD.— achooo (@achooo) 1628274030.0
But it was his and Bongino's on-air exchange that caught viewers' attention.
Things are falling apart at Fox news and I am here for it. https://t.co/v0Slil63ri— Lauren “wear a mask” Phillips (@Lauren “wear a mask” Phillips) 1628258481.0
“I’m embarrassed to be on this air with you” lol Geraldo finally over oingo boingo. https://t.co/FiN0t1b9Wp— DaisyRose (@DaisyRose) 1628250418.0
This “news” channel is the cancer of this country. It’s literally helping killing people by selling them lies live… https://t.co/B8BTt9oS2I— Stephane Ceretti (@Stephane Ceretti) 1628223432.0
cartoon characters doing their best act https://t.co/GufEUmWYcJ— Omete. 🇰🇪 Omete. (@Omete. 🇰🇪 Omete.) 1628218253.0
How can anyone stand to watch this crap! It’s reality tv disguised as a news program! Like reality tv has very litt… https://t.co/me5eb780jd— Just Me (@Just Me) 1628216316.0
Bongino is a liar. Florida is ranked sixth in COVID deaths. https://t.co/VvUHIi2fC1— May Brian (@May Brian) 1628214749.0
Bongino has vowed to respond to Rivera, but only on his podcast.