Geraldo Rivera tweets half-naked photo of himself

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By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper

It's usually teenagers or politicians who get in trouble for taking risque photos of themselves, not senior citizens. But TV personality Geraldo Rivera isn't your average senior.

In the wee hours of Monday morning, Rivera, 70, tweeted out a photo of himself shirtless in his bathroom, a white towel on the counter blocking the area below his hips. He's also wearing red-tinted glasses ...and nothing else.

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“70 is the new 50," he wrote to accompany the shot."(Wife) Erica and family are going to be so pissed…but at my age…” (Rivera turned 70 on July 4.)

Later in the day, however, Rivera deleted the photo -- but only after it had been screengrabbed, shared and retweeted by fans and mockers alike. "Note to self: no tweeting after 1am," he wrote in a new tweet.

Twitter followers would seem to agree that's a good rule. Wrote Bonzo Beckett, linking to an equally terrifying cat photo, "You scared my cat with that picture. See? He keeps meowing "Why Geraldo why?"

Joked author and Fox TV host Greg Gutfield, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Geraldo's towel," says the president of Bed Bath and Beyond."

Rivera's not alone. The trend of celebrities sharing photos of themselves showing a lot of skin seems to be only growing. On July 9, singer Justin Bieber used Instagram to share a shirtless photo of himself, and "Project Runway" host and on July 16, model Heidi Klum tweeted a babe-on-the-beach shot of herself making a smiley face on her body with sand and shells. (Her hand strategically covers what her missing bikini top does not.)