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    Default Fox News denies it demoted anchor Shepard Smith when he wanted to come out as gay



    Fox News anchorman Shepard Smith was reportedly ready to come out as gay last year, but his bosses weren’t keen on the plan. Has he since been punished?


    In a story today titled “How Fox News Shoved Shepard Smith Back Into The Closet,” – and now vehemently denied by Smith and Fox executives – Gawker's J.K. Trotter quotes “multiple sources” who say that Smith approached network president Roger Ailes last summer about publicly coming out.


    Gawker reports that Smith told Ailes and other colleagues: “It’s time. It’s time.”


    A few weeks before that conversation with Ailes, Smith reportedly surprised his colleagues by taking his boyfriend, a 26-year-old Fox producer, to the company picnic held annually over the Fourth of July weekend at Ailes’ home.


    Sources tell Gawker that the couple’s appearance put “several Fox executives on high alert.”


    Gawker contends that the subject came up during contract negotiations when “Shep wanted to and was ready to come out, and Roger just said no,” a Fox insider said.


    Ailes allegedly told Smith that Fox’s audience would not tolerate a gay news anchor.


    “But the discussion worried enough Fox executives to prompt Smith’s removal, in September 2013, from the channel’s coveted prime-time lineup,” Gawker reports.


    “According to a Fox insider with direct knowledge of negotiations, Smith’s desire to come out was a large factor in the dramatic move.”


    On Wednesday, Ailes and Smith issued a joint statement condemning the Gawker piece as “100% false and a complete fabrication.


    “As colleagues and close friends at Fox News for 18 years, our relationship has always been rooted in a mutual respect, deep admiration, loyalty, trust, and full support both professionally and personally.”


    Fox News executive Bill Shine, named in the Gawker story as one of the network honchos who didn’t want Smith to come out, issued his own statement.


    “We have never asked Shep to discuss or not discuss his private life, and the notion of us having an issue with anyone’s sexuality is not only insulting, but pure fiction,” he said.

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    He was a local anchor when I lived in Miami. I just thought he was always out of the closet, until he went to Fox. Even though he was on the local Fox.

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    He ought to dump Fox, not the other way around. I've always liked him for some reason.
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    Ailes allegedly told Smith that Fox’s audience would not tolerate a gay news anchor.
    They won't. Their heads would explode. I'd almost pay to witness it though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brookie View Post
    They won't. Their heads would explode. I'd almost pay to witness it though.
    They would find a way to blame it on Obama or Obama-care or people that support marriage equality for why he chose to be gay . Michelle Bachman and Sara Palin would get on TV and say all the liberals bullied Shepard into being gay
    No matter if he is gay or not his bad eye-lift job is comical , I can't even pay attention to what he says because his eye lids distract me

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    I assumed he was already out.

    His boyfriend is a cutie.
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    People are so dopey. A good man wants to let people know he is a certain type of person and it is a calamity for the faint hearted god fearing do gooders. Well fuck them in their sanctimonius asses.. Come out, come out, wherever you are .......................
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    His boyfriend is better looking than he is.
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    And a little young for him. That's right, I judge!

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    the boyfriend looks like a younger scott speedman
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