Geraldo Rivera had a hard time wearing his journalist hat on Friday night with his daughter Simone inside the soccer stadium in Paris, France, which was under attack by terrorists. The veteran journalist was on Fox News live at the time and the emotions of a very worried father showed through his attempt to report this horrific news.
The video above shows Geraldo finally getting that hug from his daughter, which was something he yearned for as Friday night’s newscast was underway. Because the airports were closed, the jet that Geraldo had waiting to take him to Simone in Paris, was on hold until air traffic was allowed back into France.
According to News Oxy on November 16, Geraldo said, “I’m used to being in the action myself. I can’t, I can’t, it’s a lot easier to report these things and to experience them myself than if it is your child. She just turned 21 years old, she’s a straight A student, she’s a wonderful, wonderful person and a very gentle soul and we’re obviously very concerned.”
The video above was featured on “Fox and Friends” live on Monday morning and Geraldo spoke to the morning hosts from Paris. When asked how he felt finally getting to hug Simone, he once again had tears in his eyes. After letting the world know the relief he felt as a father to have his daughter by his side again, his attention turned to those in Paris who didn’t have that chance.
He could celebrate his daughter’s safety, but he was in Paris mourning the loss that you couldn’t help but feel as you were alongside the people there. He described his daughter’s ordeal saying, “My daughter Simone told me she heard the three explosions near halftime…It was chaos.” The explosions sent people running in every direction. On Friday night when Simon talked to her father via the phone he was on the air on Fox News.
The 21-year-old student was shaken and her voice cracked as if she were about to cry throughout the interview. She just wanted to come home and her dad was doing everything in his power to make that happen.
The Spread It reports today how Geraldo was still filling up with tears while describing the harrowing ordeal his daughter went through and talking about his feelings while not knowing were in Paris she was at first. Then once he got a hold of his daughter, she was still in peril on the streets of Paris and miles away from her hotel with all public transportation shut down.
Simone, who was in France for her junior year of college, was stuck inside the stadium for hours, as police would not let anyone leave. When Simone and her friend finally emerged from the stadium, all the transportation had been shut down and she had no way to get back to her hotel but walk, which would have taken hours.
While Geraldo didn’t say just who came to his daughter and her friend’s rescue, he did give a shout out of thanks to the “Good Samaritan” who helped out his daughter and her friend. While Simone was stuck inside the stadium without cell phone service, both her mother and father thought that she was at the rock concert where the gunman shot more than 100 people.
An American band was playing and this was their worry at the time, while seeing the events unfold on TV and not hearing from their daughter. Geraldo and Simone offered a real-time look into the horror that unfolded in Paris both from a worried parent’s prospective and from a young girl caught in the Paris attacks.
While this story was told through the worry and desperation of Geraldo and his daughter with their raw emotions, this story was about thousands of people worried about their family and friends’ throughout this ordeal. Geraldo got to hug his daughter in the end, but there are parents, friends and family members who were not that lucky. These were the people Geraldo mourned for today, along with the rest of the world.