August 13, 2014 at 4:45 pm EST | by Staff reports
Closeted Fox anchor calls Robin Williams ‘coward’
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Shepard Smith, on right, attended a National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association event in March. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael K. Lavers)

NEW YORK — A closeted Fox News host on Aug. 11 suggested Robin Williams was a “coward” for taking his own life.

“Something inside you is so horrible, or you’re such a coward or whatever the reason that you decide you have to end it,” Shepard Smith said on the air shortly after news of Williams’ death broke and reports he had been suffering from depression began to emerge. “Robin Williams at 63 did that today.”

Smith later expressed regret.

“I have no way of knowing the depths of Mr. Williams’ suffering, but I never meant to suggest that he acted in any such manner,” he said in a statement as the Associated Press reported on Aug. 12. “He was a one-of-a-kind American treasure and I regret using any word during the hour-long special, reflecting on his extraordinary career, that would appear I disparaged him in any way.”

Smith has faced persistent questions about his homosexuality over the years.

The Fox News anchor refused to answer the Washington Blade’s questions about his sexual orientation during a fundraiser for the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association in March. Blade editor Kevin Naff outed Smith in 2005.

“Shepard Smith has been cowering in Fox’s closet for years,” Naff said this week. “He gives new meaning to the word ‘coward.’”

GLAAD and Media Matters for America are among the groups and advocates that have criticized the network for its coverage of LGBT issues.

  • El Dorado

    He should regret calling someone who commits suicide a coward. It takes a lot of guts to kill yourself. It’s one action you can NEVER reverse. I’m not advocating suicide. What we need is people to give those that have depression encouragement to live. Stand by them. Not alienate or marginalize them more!

    But I’m glad the article pointed out that this closet queen is a hypocrite when he’s a coward to admit his own sexuality. Who does he think he’s fooling? Refusing to deny or affirm the question means he doesn’t want to deny it because he knows he would be lying but also is afraid to admit it because he thinks it will harm his career and will be judged harshly.

  • He does work for Fox, is there anyone, that expected more. This ist

  • Rick Mangus

    IT’S NO ONES BUSINESS, LET ALONE THIS RAG OF A NEWSPAPER ON THE SEXUAL ORIENTATION OF ANYONE PRIVATE OR IN THE PUBLIC EYE. THIS IS WHY THE COMMUNITY IN THIS AREA NEEDS AN ALTERNATIVE NEWSPAPER WHICH HAS A OBJECTIVE AND FAIR REPORTING AND IS NOT BEHOLDING TO BARS AND BARFLIES, SLEAZY SEX CLUBS MASQUERADING AS FITNESS CLUBS AND MALE PROSTITUTE ADS !

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