This is not the first time I have written about Shepard Smith and his need to admit to being gay. Last fall I posted an entry that started this way.
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.
In the summer of 2013, according to multiple sources with knowledge of their exchange, Shepard Smith approached Fox News president Roger Ailes about publicly coming out. The newly attached anchor was eager, at the time, to finally acknowledge his sexuality. “It’s time,” he told Ailes and other colleagues. “It’s time.”
Instead, Ailes informed Smith that the network’s famously conservative audience would not tolerate a gay news anchor. Ailes’ answer was definitive: Smith could not say he’s gay.
“This came up during contract negotiations,” a Fox insider told Gawker. “Shep wanted to and was ready to come out, and Roger just said no.”
Smith, one of Ailes’s first and most loyal disciples, acquiesced to his boss’s demand, and dropped the matter. But the discussion worried enough Fox executives to prompt Smith’s removal, in September 2013, from the channel’s coveted prime-time lineup. According to a Fox insider with direct knowledge of negotiations, Smith’s desire to come out was a large factor in the dramatic move.
“They tried to play it up as a big promotion,” the insider said. “But everyone knew that Shep was getting demoted. And the coming out thing was a significant part of that.”
Lets get one thing understood about this story.
The angry white male crowd who feel that the media elites keep pushing gay marriage and civil rights down their throat are the same ones who watch FAUX News. Roger Ailes knows this and thinks more about his profit line and partisan needs than he does the betterment of society and the needs of one of his anchors.