Fox News host Shepard Smith shocked everyone this week when he came out as gay during an interview with Huffington Post.
Daily Mail reported that Smith, 52, confirmed that he is gay when he was asked if it was former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes who prevented him from coming out of the closet.
“That’s not true. He was as nice as he could be to me. I loved him like a father,” Smith said of Ailes, adding that it was his “love” for his old boss that made the sexual harassment scandal this past summer so difficult for him to deal with.
“I trusted him with my career and with – I trusted him and trusts were betrayed,” Smith said of Ailes. “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.”
Rumors have swirled for years that Smith is gay, and the liberal rag Gawker reported in 2014 that it was Ailes who was preventing him from coming out.
“This came up during contract negotiations,” a Fox insider allegedly said in the story. “Shep wanted to and was ready to come out, and Roger just said ‘no.'”
Smith, however, said this was not the case at all.
“He treated me with respect, just respect,” said Smith of Ailes. “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.”
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