Fresh off his searing finish on NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice,” award-winning journalist, author and talk show host Geraldo Rivera has announced he will appear in two forthcoming episodes of the final season of the hit Fox show, “Glee,” alongside legendary stars Jane Lynch and Carol Burnett. Rivera participated in the dramatic final showdown of “The Celebrity Apprentice” which aired Monday, February 16, 2015, when it was revealed he raised an enormous $725,000 for charity Life’s WORC, an organization that supports individuals with developmental disabilities and the autistic.
The seventh installment of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” which scored huge ratings for NBC, came to a dramatic conclusion in the final boardroom confrontation with host and producer Donald Trump awarding author and television personality Leeza Gibbons the top honor and giving her an additional $250,000 for her chosen charity. Rivera, a Peabody and Emmy-Award winning journalist who currently hosts specials under the moniker “Geraldo Rivera Reports” on Fox News Channel (FNC) plus a daily show on WABC RADIO 770, avoided elimination on the show each week in the face of deadlines, intellectual challenges and intense scrutiny. Over the course of the season, Rivera raised by far the largest amount of any of the 16 original contestants to appear on the show, a tribute to his impressive business acumen. Reflecting on his experience on the show, Geraldo said, “of course I would have preferred to win but you can’t win them all! Losing to Leeza certainly eased the pain. She’s such a compassionate, intelligent, talented, lovely person raising funds for another great cause.”
Life’s WORC Assistant Executive Director, Matthew Zebatto says over 150 of the organization’s supporters and clients gathered to watch the final and cheer Rivera on, all proud of how hard he fought on their behalf. “Geraldo’s a trail blazer. His main consideration has always been what was good for the charity – not how he was perceived by people watching.” He says the organization will use the money to provide economically challenged families membership in their new family center for autism.
Looking ahead to new exciting projects, Rivera – who appeared in the final season of The Sopranos and the final episode of Seinfeld, is excited to be appearing in two forthcoming episodes of hit show, “Glee” – which is currently in its final season. Rivera plays himself in a series of hilarious encounters with cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, played by wonderful actress Jane Lynch, and Sue’s mother, played by legendary Carol Burnett. In a rough and tumble confrontation that will leave audiences rolling in the aisles, the shows will leave Glee fans longing for more. Watch Geraldo Rivera on the show on Fox – Friday at 9/8C.
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