[Naughty Gossip] Which TV anchor – with great hair and a lot of make-up which is a little too orange – plans to come out of the closet soon?
He is out to his friends and family but has kept his personal life out of his professional life. However, after recent events the handsome chap will be out and proud very soon!
Network or TV Show:
TV Anchor: Shepard Smith
Network or TV Show: Shepard Smith Reporting on Fox News
In the words of both Martin Luther King Jr. and Rob Shuter from Naughty Gossip, news anchor Shepard Smith, 52, is “Free at last!”
This wasn’t some big coming out party. Rather, the news was subtly slipped into a general article about Smith.
There was a rumor going around several years ago (started by a now-defunct website) that Roger Ailes – the former head of Fox News – had prevented Shepard Smith from coming out publicly. Smith used the HuffPo interview to debunk that story, and in doing so, outed himself.
Good for him!
From The Huffington Post:
Post-Roger Ailes, ratings have surged [at Fox] as the election has heated up, but it’s been bittersweet for many still there. “Obviously, the business side of this place is a roaring success and we’re more successful than we’ve ever been, but there are more important things,” Shep said. He didn’t shy away from talking about the Ailes crisis, but his emotions around it were still palpably raw.
The pain was heightened by the depth of the trust he once had in Ailes. “It’s such a wonderful place, and it’s been home forever. He was very fatherly and mentorish,” he said. “And now I know that there were other things going on here.”
Along with the rampant sexual harassment that brought Ailes down, there were also reports that he used homophobic slurs toward rivals. Though Shep rarely talks about his sexuality, he is regularly, for instance, included in Out Magazine’s Power 50 list.
I asked if Ailes had ever made homophobic remarks when he was around. “No, never. He treated me with respect, just respect,” Shep said. “I wasn’t new in the business when I came here ― I’d been doing reporting for 12 years ― but I wasn’t old in it either, and he gave me every opportunity in the world and he never asked anything of me but that we get it right, try to get it right every day. It was a very warm and loving and comfortable place.”
He said that reports that Ailes had prevented him from coming out publicly several years ago were false. “That’s not true. He was as nice as he could be to me. I loved him like a father,” he said. “I trusted him with my career and with ― I trusted him and trusts were betrayed. People outside this company can’t know [how painful that betrayal was]. This place has its enemies, but inside, it was very personal, and very scarring and horrifying.”
Shep said he advocated strongly for leading the coverage of the crisis [of Ailes harassing female employees] rather than shying away from it, and he was one of the few, if not the only, Fox anchors to report on it.
“It’s not over,” he added. “This was a real shock to the system, and it upended a lot of things that we thought we knew. We were wounded and horrified and very emotional, and we realize that as leaders we need to come in and face up to what we’ve learned … We have to make sure there aren’t young victims wandering around here who need us. We have to get appropriate counselors in here. We have to make sure legally everybody’s protected and have to make a commitment to be the most transparent, open and welcoming organization of our kind in the world, and I’m determined to be a part of the team that makes it happen.”
Congratulations to Sunshine Girl for being first!
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