Geraldo Rivera has apologized for accusing women of "criminalizing courtship" in the wake of Matt Lauer's firing from NBC News over allegations of inappropriate behavior.

The Fox News reporter's comments, in which he described the news business as "flirty," were shared on Twitter Wednesday.

"Sad about (Matt Lauer) great guy, highly skilled (and) empathetic (with) guests (and) a real gentleman to my family (and) me," he wrote. "News is a flirty business & it seems like (the) current epidemic of #SexHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship (and) conflating it (with) predation."

One day later, Rivera, 74, tweeted an apology after receiving backlash for his comments.

"Reaction to my tweets today on #sexharassment makes clear I didn't sufficiently explain that this is a horrendous problem long hidden," he wrote. "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."