Shepard Smith has come out as gay in an interview with the Huffington Post. The Fox News anchor has been with the network since it first began, and the anchor came out after he was forced to defend former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes who was accused of sexual harassment and rumors that he forced Smith to stay in the closet.
“That’s not true,” Smith said. “He was as nice as he could be to me. I loved him like a father. 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 also continued by saying that 76-year-old Ailes had never made homophobic comments.
“He treated me with respect, just respect,” he said. “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.”