The recent news of Matt Lauer's firing from NBC is keeping the conversation about sexual misconduct in the workplace alive and well.

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On Wednesday morning, the network announced its decision to fire the longtime anchor after a female colleague came forward with a detailed allegation of sexual misconduct against him.

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"Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure that any actions that run counter to our core values are met with consequences, no matter who the offender," the network said in a statement.

Earlier today, Lauer released his official response and apology, saying he's "truly sorry" for his mistakes.

Most people came out in support of NBC's decision to terminate Lauer, but Puerto Rican journalist Geraldo Rivera expressed, uh, different sentiments.

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The Fox anchor took to Twitter to defend the anchor's actions and criticize the network's decision.

"News is a flirty business," he wrote. (Again: Uh.... ?)

He then tried to school everyone on his definition of sexual harassment:

"#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. Should't be used to get even w bad bosses or hated ex," he insisted.

He even set his own parameters for how the horrible act should be identified:

"Allegations should require: 1-made in a timely fashion-say w/n 5 yrs. 2-some contemporaneous corroboration, like witnesses, electronic or written communications. W $ settlements in multi-millions slight chance exists some victims are motivated by more than justice," he continued.

Rivera then added this contradictory tidbit, just to twist the knife a bit more.

"This issue is so red hot right now there is no room for any thought or opinion but hang em high. If News wasn’t (formerly) a flirty biz then how do we explain so many newsroom courtships that have led to happy marriages?" he finished.

Twitter immediately came for the journalist's irresponsible comments:

Since Rivera happened to insist allegations should be made in a "timely fashion," the internet resurfaced a video of Bette Midler from the '90s.

In the video, she details how Rivera once drugged and groped her without her consent. 

No wonder he was so quick to fire back against sexual misconduct allegations against a journalist...

After Twitter began dragging him, Rivera issued an "apology" tweet, but it was already too little, too late.

"I didn't sufficiently explain that this is a horrendous problem long hidden-Harassers are deviants who deserve what is coming to them-Often victims are too frightened to come forward in a timely fashion-I humbly apologize," he wrote.

We'll see how Rivera atones next for his unwise words — and what will come from Bette Midler's accusations against him.