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Food Network and VH1 host Bobby Rivers dead at 70
WISN 12 in Milwaukee, where Rivers earned the distinction of being the city’s first Black film critic on television in 1979, announced his death on Wednesday.The announcement applauded the Marquette University graduate for contributing “segments for the nationally syndicated PM Magazine, which he said helped Milwaukee go beyond stereotypes.”His sister, Betsy Rivers, later confirmed his death on Facebook.“Bobby passed away last night and is no longer in any pain,” she wrote on Wednesday.A cause of death has not been announced.The Post has reached out to Rivers’ reps for comment.Heralded as “Milwaukee’s Black, queer media pioneer” by Wisconsin LGBTQ news outlet Our Lives Wisconsin, Rivers worked as a VJ on VH1 in 1985 alongside Rosie O’Donnell. In 1988, he went on to host his own celebrity talk show on the cable music channel, “Watch Bobby Rivers.” He later hosted the late-night dating show “Bedroom Buddies.”In the early 2000s, Rivers hosted Food Network’s short-lived series “Top 5.”But fame was not without its drawbacks, and Rivers often received racist and homophobic attacks.“Nobody really knew this, but I did receive a lot of hate mail,” Rivers said in a July 2023 interview with Our Lives Wisconsin.
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