FOX News anchor Sheppard Smith has often rubbed the network’s largely conservative audience the wrong way with his personal views on issues from gay rights to war to guns.
Despite some opinions that are antithetical to Republicans, Smith has remained a popular and persistent personality for years.
Apparently, Smith is now feeling more comfortable with his position and his popularity because he just did an interview where he revealed some pretty surprising things.
For starters he came out as gay.
But that may not be the most stunning statement in the new HuffPo interview.
Fox News has been struggling under the weight of all the creepy allegations that ex-host Gretchen Carlson made about the company’s former chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. Smith took the opportunity to talk about his old boss, addressing claims that Ailes told him never to reveal his sexual orientation.
Katherine Rodriguez reports for Breitbart:
“[Ailes] was as nice as he could be to me. I loved him like a father,” Smith said in the interview.
“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,” he added.
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.”
A lot of liberals would love for the remaining conservative viewers at Fox News to boycott the network now that they know one of its most familiar faces is gay. This isn’t likely to happen; most “right wingers” don’t live up to the left’s stereotypes.
However, Fox has endured a fall from grace this year for other reasons, as some conservatives see the cable giant as not sufficiently pro-Trump. Others don’t like the fact that a Saudi prince owns a sizeable stake in the Fox News parent company; they feel this prevents it from covering Islamic terror attacks in a “fair and balanced” way.
Whether or not Shepard Smith is gay is barely a blip on the radar.