Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith has come out as gay in a new interview.
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The interview, conducted by the Huffington Post, delves into the 52-year old Smith’s sexuality within the context of the sexual harassment allegations made against his former boss, Roger Ailes.
“No, never. He treated me with respect, just respect,” said Smith responding to whether or not Ailes ever made any disparaging comments about his sexuality.
He continued, “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.”
While Smith has not spoken a lot publicly about his sexuality, he has been listed in Out Magazine in the past.
Smith has also been the subject of several Gawker pieces regarding his sexuality over the years, including a report back in April 2014 that claimed he had been demoted at Fox because he was told not to publicly come out of the closet.