Fox News to Shepard Smith: ‘Please Stay in the Closet’

Shepard Smith and Gio Graziano

After gay CNN anchor Anderson Cooper revealed his sexual preference in a letter to a friend, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, right, began preparations in earnest for his big “coming out” celebration.

That is, until Fox News honchos learned of Smith’s plans and demoted him to the mail room.

Last week, Gawker.com, quoting multiple sources, reported that Fox News executives had retaliated against star anchor Shepard Smith because he had voiced his desire to come out as gay.

Fox News slammed the report as “100% false and a complete fabrication,” and pointed out that there was a discrepancy in Gawker’s account of an incident that occurred at a company picnic when Smith brought his new boyfriend.

Gawker admitted that it erred in reporting that Fox executive Bill Shine “flipped out” when Smith showed up at Roger Ailes‘s picnic with his new boy toy.

It turns out that Shine was not at the picnic, and that he in fact flipped out after the picnic when his subordinates told him that Smith showed up with a male Fox News staffer.

Gawker notes that — at a meeting to discuss which anchor Megyn Kelly‘s new show would replace — Shine brought up Smith’s name and wondered aloud “what to do about Shep.” Shine believed Smith’s coming out plans would have a serious effect on Fox’s ratings.

It was then decided that Megyn’s show would permanently preempt Shep’s time slot — effectively demoting Smith and reducing his visibility on the air.

All of this took place before Smith showed up in public with his new boy toy, a 26-year-old Fox producer named Gio Graziano.

In a Wednesday memo to his staff, Smith called Gawker’s report “horseshit” and compared it to CNN’s coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet.

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    33 Responses to “Fox News to Shepard Smith: ‘Please Stay in the Closet’”

    1. 1
      VDot says:

      Shepard Smith – He looks creepy. Something about that face seems…off

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      Buttercup says:

      Fox News anchor
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      Therein lies the problem :coffee:

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      Carrington says:

      I never realized how ugly he is until now… he looks like a wax figure

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      VDot says:

      Fox two handed pushed him back in the closet like :nono:

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      demoted him to the mail room tho? :rofl: ppl still getting worked up over homosexuality? :huh: :rofl:

      let them folk live.

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      SJ says:

      Fox News is a sh!t show…

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      why wouldn’t they want their own personal gay anchor. cnn got Anderson (and Lemon), and cnbc got Rachel. i mean, don’t they want to send a strong message of support to all of those “log cabin” republicans? :shrug:

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      dey said the boifren is how old, 26? :blink:
      that’s no boifren, that’s a paid escort cause ol’ Shep look err bit of 60 :no:

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      Buttercup says:

      In news but unrelated news, the young man who was taken into custody late last year because of a clerical error was not sentenced to serve his 13 year sentence. The judge cited his accomplishments as evidence that he is a changed man :yahoo: I hope he and his family are able to resume their normal lives as quickly as possible.

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      Unshakable says:

      Why are people itching to come out of the closet anyway? I don’t flamboyantly come out to the world and say “I’s Negra” or “I’m straight” or “I’s Christian.”

      While I’m glad a person is comfortable with their sexuality/identity, why does the world need to know? Back in the olden days, folk kept their business and what goes on in their house to themselves.

      Is it like a badge of honor or something? Gay community I welcome your feedback.

      PS – San, I want you to love all those “J” names I cooked up. I’m cooking up some more, mkay? :kiss: and :rofl:

    11. 11

      Is it like a badge of honor or something?
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      :think: maybe some people who “come out” do so in an effort to ‘preempt’ some perceived oncoming discrimination :shrug:
      like ‘i know bill doesn’t like me because i’m gay and is gonna try to get me fired’ …once you “come out” you’re now ‘protected’ from that form of discrimination and bill best deal :shrug:
      this is not intended as a criticism, stereotype, etc., it’s just one guess as to why SOME folks might feel compelled to “come out”
      i can’t say for sure ’cause i’m not gay (and I never had a choice to “come out” and announce my Black-ness, so…) :shrug:

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      Buttercup says:

      FYI, the Margaritaville popsicles are non-alcoholic. A Daily’s pouch it is!

    13. 13
      Unshakable says:

      @Nancy Drew,

      First off, let me tell you how much I loved those mystery books! Nancy was an untouchable sleuth. I couldn’t wait to see “whodunit.”

      @topic – That’s a good strategy, to be honest. I hadn’t thought of that. You know the gay mafia doesn’t play when it comes to their own. They will come after you like members of the beehive. :thumbsup:

    14. 14

      First off, let me tell you how much I loved those mystery books! Nancy was an untouchable sleuth. I couldn’t wait to see “whodunit.”

      _________________________

      *shamelessly takes a bow* :biggrin:

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      who?? FOX should make him stay in the closet, as a matter of Fact they should nail the door shut and literally never let him Out!

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      they should nail the door shut and literally never let him Out!
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      just hateful :facepalm:
      :hahaha:

    18. 18
      Buttercup says:

      @Butter’s determination to celebrate cinco de mayo!
      ===========
      I just remembered that Lil Butter has soccer practice this evening. His last game is on Mother’s Day. This little dude is killing my vibe :angry:

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      WADE says he will not have the boys at Funchess Wednesday
      :tea:

    20. 20

      Butter, with the Daily’s, i usually mix in a little pinot gris to cut some of the sweetness.

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      Buttercup says:

      Butter, with the Daily’s, i usually mix in a little pinot gris to cut some of the sweetness.
      ========
      I’m low on wine. All I have is reisling. If it’s too sweet, I’ll add a little ginger beer to it :lol:

    23. 23

      Wade said what Luvie? :huh: what about Xavier? (Xavier mom prob breast-feeding, so she gotta come wit the baby over his dad house :think: ) she winning :kona:

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      Unshakable says:

      @Luvn,

      This is kinda in regards to your post:

      I wonder if Gabby will at least make a down payment on some self-esteem between now and the time she says “I do.” I also wonder if she has a little girl, will she encourage her little one to settle and make excuses for her s/o’s behavior. :think:

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      Nancy Drew (fka IsThisThingOn) has entered into witness protection :cool: says:

      Wade said what Luvie? :huh: what about Xavier? (Xavier mom prob breast-feeding, so she gotta come wit the baby over his dad house :think: ) she winning
      ~~~~~~~~
      I meant to say SUNDAY!! the boys wont be seeing their Mommy on Mother’s Day.
      asshole wade is, But he aint trying new BM like that is he

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      @UNSHAKE . .
      Gabby.. i have NO words for her. She’s long gone

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      I wonder if Gabby will at least make a down payment on some self-esteem between now and the time she says “I do.”
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      *deep sigh* I’m afraid Gabby gonna end up like Dubb always say (like Geneva Waters sitting on the side of the bed holding another break baby) :no:

      (Dubb ain’t right for that tho’ :rofl: ) :kona:

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      and Geneva Waters maiden name was WADE :eek:

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      pointhimout says:

      If I’m not mistaken, Shepherd’s the anchor who made the comment “they’re stopping traffic for this” during MJ’s funeral procession in 2009. I was like your station is covering it so how could he be so cold and in opposition of it? IDK he was advanced in the arts either, but ok.

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