Fox News host Geraldo Rivera raised some eyebrows after he jumped to the defense of former “Today” show co-host Matt Lauer after sexual misconduct controversy led to his being fired from NBC on Wednesday.

“Sad about @MLauer great guy, highly skilled & empathetic w guests & a real gentleman to my family & me,” Rivera tweeted. “News is a flirty business & it seems like current epidemic of #SexHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship & conflating it w predation. What about #GarrisonKeillor?”

NBC announced early Wednesday that it had fired Lauer after an employee had accused him of sexual misconduct. A few hours later, a Variety report broke with multiple NBC female employees coming forward with similar accusations.

In that report, Lauer was accused of showing a female employee his penis, gifting a sex toy to a colleague, and using a secret button under his desk to lock his door when women were in his office.

In light of all those allegations, Rivera held firm on Twitter that “news is a flirty business” while broadly questioning recent sexual misconduct allegations.

“A jerk's a jerk in dating. #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. Shouldn't be used to get even w bad bosses or hated ex's,” he tweeted.

He followed up with another tweet offering his own advice on how to handle allegations: “#SexHarassment 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.”

Rivera's tweets led to some backlash by fellow journalists.

His former Fox News colleague Gretchen Carlson, who was the first person to step forward and publicly accuse the last Roger Ailes of sexual misconduct in 2016, responded: “Pls @GeraldoRivera once my friend-women just want to keep their jobs. They get paid in secret settlements b/c most never work in chosen fields ever again after bravely coming forward thanks.”

Without responding to Carlson, he sent a follow-up tweet holding his earlier position, “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?”

Other Twitter users speculated that the Fox News host’s Twitter rant was an indication of skeletons in his own closet.

“Why does it seem like Matt Lauer must have a shit ton of information on Geraldo Rivera?” one user wrote.

The Huffington Post's Yashar Ali presented some substance to that claim by digging up a decades-old interview in which singer Bette Midler is seen describing an unwanted sexual advance from Rivera.

In a statement to the Washington Examiner, Fox News distanced itself from Rivera's comments. "Geraldo's tweets do not reflect the views of FOX News or its management. We were troubled by his comments and are addressing them with him," the statement read.

After Fox News issued a statement, Rivera offfered an apology after he said he reviewed all the reaction to his comments. He tweeted, "Reaction to my tweets today on #sexharassment makes clear 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."