I have said for a long time that my reading of Shepard Smith is that he is gay. Just watching at times his afternoon show has led me to my personal conclusion. Not a big deal at all, except that he works for a company not beating down the doors for gay rights. In fact, often the company in question goes out of their way to make bigotry hasher and more deeply entrenched in our society.
Gawker published a gossipy piece by J.K. Trotter about Shep Smith’s bad behavior at a Chelsea bar last March, which culminated in Smith screeching for a waitress to “get my &@^*& drink!” (He never got the drink.) It’s an amusing but thoroughly lightweight story, making Gawker’s decision to promote it on their front page slightly puzzling—until Trotter reveals the true lead about halfway through:
Smith had arrived earlier that night with a straight couple and his own regular date, a muscular 6-foot-2 30-something white male, whom Bathtub Gin employees refer to as “his boyfriend.” Regular date! Muscular! “Boyfriend”! Yes, you’re reading that right: Shep Smith is very likely gay, and Gawker was first to kick open the closet door—definitively, at least.