Fox News’ Shepherd Smith Outed

Kevin Naff, managing editor of the Washington Blade:

Shepard Smith, who hosts a popular program on Fox News and received widespread praise for his work covering Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, also dodges questions about his sexual orientation.

Smith once chatted me up in a New York City gay piano bar, bought me drinks, and invited me back to his place. When I declined, he asked me to dinner the next night, another invitation I politely refused.

We sat at the bar chatting and drinking martinis until 3 a.m., our conversation interrupted only when he paused to belt out the lyrics to whatever showtune was being performed.

62 Responses »

  1. Stephen Kriz October 23, 2005 @ 6:16 am

    Old Shepard couldn’t pull the wool over my eyes (get it?), I knew he was a girlie man!

  2. Ted McCarthy October 25, 2005 @ 10:19 am

    I am shocked. He exhibits no tell tale indications that he is a homosexual. I thought he was having the time of his life with a bevy of beauties in NYC. Now that I think of it there never has been any mention of his marital status or private life that I am aware of. Too bad, he is a handsome guy with a good job and is inflicted with the Homo disease.

  3. A Guy October 25, 2005 @ 3:35 pm

    Fuck Kevin Naff up his lying homo ass, assuming there is room for one more.

    Fuck the lefties, here is what’s gonna happen if indictments come down, which I PRAY happens.

    You lefties are only going to awaken the sleeping tiger, beware you have been warned.

  4. Rightwing is the bestwing October 26, 2005 @ 3:32 pm

    Don’t believe this crap. You must consider the source of this info. Look at all the anti-war and “The Case For Impeachment” crap on this “website.

  5. Madison October 26, 2005 @ 5:30 pm

    For all you haters, you are clueless about the huge numbers of gay people who run the Republican Party, especially on the money side. The list below includes just the few who are known. George and Laura Bush have lots of gay friends, as do the Doles, the Santorums and the rest.

    Republicans in the Capitol pretend to be homophobes to get Unsmart Americans to vote for them but they sneer at you for your ignorance, just as all normal people do.

    What’s sick is that there are gay people who are so filled with self-loathing that they help the GOP perpetuate the Big Lie.

    Just like abortion. Don’t you see that rich people don’t care whether abortion is legal or not? The well to do and powerful have always been able to get abortions when they need them. It’s poor yokels like you that will be in trouble when abortion is illegal and the government forces the girls you knock up to have the baby – even if she’s your sister or cousin – or face life in prison. This is what you want: Government-enforced pregnancies.

    The Republicans are playing you like the fools you are. They get your votes on these “values” issues that they themselves don’t give a shit about – and then they turn around and screw you in the ass by shipping your jobs overseas and cutting education and health care.

    Here are the closeted gay Republicans who have been exposed over the last year by Mike Rogers at BlogActive:

    US House of Representatives

    Rep. Ed Schrock (VA)
    Rep. David Drier (CA)
    Rep. James McCrery (LA)
    Rep. Mark Foley (FL)

    Senior GOP Staff

    Jay Timmons, NRSC
    Dan Gurley, RNC
    Jay Banning, RNC
    Robert Traynham, Santorum
    Jonathan Tolman, Inhofe
    Kirk Fordham, Martinez
    Dirk Smith, Lott
    John Reid, Allen
    Paul Unger, Allen
    Linus Catignani, Frist

    Senior House Staffers

    Jim Conzelman, Oxley
    Lee Cohen, Hart
    Robert O’Conner, King
    Pete Meachum, Brown-Waite

    Bush Staff

    Israel Hernandez
    Jeff Berkowitz

    Local Officials

    Vincent Gentile, NYC

    The rest…

    Ed Koch, NYC Mayor
    Jennifer Helms-Knox, Judge
    Armstrong Williams, Radio host
    Matt Drudge, Headline writer

    Steve Kreseski, MD Gov.
    Chip DiPaula, MD Gov.
    Lee LaHaye, CWA
    John Schlafley, Eagle Forum

    A couple of other Republican notables who were are not outed include National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, who is on the record refusing to confirm or deny whether he is straight, and rightwing media whore Jeff Gannon.
    (The list was posted earlier at Pam’s House Blend.)

  6. A person October 30, 2005 @ 9:19 pm

    Ted-Shep is divorced. He was married to his college girlfriend for several years before they divorced. This “outing” is a crock.

  7. Madison October 31, 2005 @ 6:21 am

    So what? There are millions of divorced gay men and women – many of whom even have children. One example is Rev. Mel White, who worked with christianist extremists like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson. Mel came out to his wife and kids 20 years ago. He remains close to his ex-wife and children and is now the minister in a truly Christian denomination that preaches love for all people, as Jesus proscribed.

    Most gay people have early experiences experimenting with heterosexuality. It’s part of the pressure that haters put on society. Nobody would “choose” to be gay – to be stigmatized – so they go against their natures and try to play straight. It almost ends in anger, resentment and, if the experimentation went all the way to marriage, divorce.

    And then there is the fact that some people – or, as Kinsey believed, most people – are bisexual and can adapt to relationships with either gender, especially early in life. (Just one example of this: photos Robert Mapplethorpe took of Arnold Schwarzenegger getting on with other male bodybuilders back in the 1970’s.)

    Think about it: Did you “choose” to be heterosexual? If so, you must have experimented with homosexuality early in life and decided it wasn’t your cup of tea.

    That’s what Shep did – only in reverse.

    If you are secure in your sexuality, you shouldn’t feel threatened that other people are differently constructed sexually. If you do feel threatened by the fact that a Fox News anchor or the chairmain of the Republican Party, for example, are gay – trust me – it says more about you and your fragile sexuality than anyone else’s.

  8. A person October 31, 2005 @ 1:14 pm

    Madison-You seem hell bent on trying to prove a point(which personally I don’t get). Honestly it really is none of our business what his sexuality is and this so called “outing” doesn’t prove a thing and neither do your senseless claims. Just because you say all these people are gay doesn’t mean that Shep is. Get a grip.

  9. Madison November 1, 2005 @ 5:42 am

    Person – The first point is that you said since Shep is divorced, ergo he can’t be gay. That’s just silly.

    Secondly, Shepherd Smith is a newsreader for the state-run propaganda network. His bosses in the Republican Party and at the White House – none of whom are actually homophobic and many of whom are themselves gay – hypocritically use the fear and hatred of gay people in the nation as a valve or lever to increase voter turnout, when they need it.

    In other words (as Dear Leader would say), they can’t win their arguments based on the merits of their policies – taking tax money from the middle class and giving it to the rich, for example – or their record, which is one of incompetence at running both domestic and foreign affairs, so they resort to enflaming the passions of their base to increase turnout. They used to use racism to get votes, but now they use homophobia, eg. the terror over gay marriage.

    Employing fear and hatred of a minority group to manipulate the ignorant to acheive political goals is cynical and corrupt – and undeniably fascistic.

  10. A person November 1, 2005 @ 12:56 pm

    Please reread my comments. I never said that since he was divorced he can’t be gay. I was responding to Ted’s question about his marital status and was answering him. However, just because one person CLAIMS he was approached by him doesn’t prove he is gay. I doubt he would enjoy the female attention as much as he does if he were gay. I have never seen or heard any REAL proof that he is gay.

  11. Madison November 1, 2005 @ 8:33 pm

    Person – Sorry, I thought you were responding to Ted’s suggestion that Shep was “inflicted” [sic] with the “Homo disease.”

  12. virginia pell February 18, 2007 @ 11:08 pm

    lay off of shep He is not gay

  13. jimmy barton February 24, 2007 @ 3:26 pm

    hello Virginia Pell

  14. ANNE ARRE June 11, 2007 @ 5:48 am

    I DONT Care whaT SHEPARD SMITHS SEXUAL PREFERENCE I THINK HE IS THE GReatest newscaster on tv next to orielly.

  15. John L. October 26, 2007 @ 5:21 pm

    I think most people realize by now that most male members of the Republican party are homosexual. Shepherd Smith is one of the more obvious ones but even the Bill O’Reilly scandal a few years back revealed that he enjoyed being penetrated by “vibrating sexual devices”, an allegation he subsequently denied. Just because you are not public with your orientation does not mean you are not orientated a certain way. Some prefer not to be as open as others.

  16. Leigh Griffin February 24, 2008 @ 10:41 am

    Leave Shephard alone…he is not a cock sucker, he is just a normal stud with homo needs. He is supposedly engaged to a normal woman, but then who really knows….

  17. Coney Borgi July 29, 2008 @ 10:10 pm

    Shephard Smith is my ideal man.

  18. Coney Borgi July 29, 2008 @ 10:19 pm

    I always keep on praying for Shepard Smith. He is a man in my dream but am not worth it of him because he is very unreachable for me. God Bless you Shep.

  19. Jeania Howard August 31, 2008 @ 8:52 pm

    May I first say that I have never heard of the Washington Blade. Next, who the heck cares about Shep’s sexual orientation? I’ve never had that question posed to me on a bio or employment questionaire. Evidently, my future employers don’t give a whit either. I care that Shep does his reporting well. What he does after hours is none of my business, and neither is it yours, other than to stir up ugly gossip. Oh, now I know, the Washington Blade is nothing but a gossip column, designed to besmirch people like Shep and Anderson Cooper. Get a life and stop hanging out in gay bars.

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  21. Kris September 10, 2008 @ 1:44 pm

    I assumed it was a given that Shepherd Smith is gay. He reminds me of Richard Simmons with his emotional outbursts.

  22. Summer September 10, 2008 @ 10:30 pm

    Shep is not gay, but he is a liberal.

  23. Jennifer September 10, 2008 @ 10:33 pm

    Whoa! Shep is not gay….

  24. Vee October 31, 2008 @ 1:32 am

    Jeania Howard needs to get over herself. People are just curious about people who are in the public eye, that’s all.

    I think Shepard Smith is great but I’ve wondered many times about his sexuality. Is it any of my business, no, but I’m still curious.

  25. Catsmiler December 20, 2008 @ 6:14 pm

    I agree with Vee…normal curiosity about those in the spotlight of life…

    I wonder also about several other Fox News reporters; Steve Centanni, Bill Hemmer, and Carl Cameron. Just curious….

  26. Tom February 16, 2009 @ 6:42 pm

    I am a gay man and trust me I am no flag waver in the community but…Ive watched Shep over the years and my gaydar was going off!
    At first I wasnt sure why …Shep does butch it up a little on the newscast. He does remind me of many republican gay friends of mine. So what if he s gay…the guy does a good job!

  27. Beatrice June 11, 2009 @ 9:53 am

    Whether Shepherd Smith is gay has no relevancy to his rant against “haters” yesterday. The problem lies in his equating those of us who have a quarrel with Obama’s policies (Socialist/Marxist) with his race. I would vote for Alan Keyes or Michael Steele in a heartbeat.

  28. Chad June 26, 2009 @ 3:49 pm

    I think it’s a pretty well known fact that he (Shepherd Smith) shared a home with Rick Leventhal……

  29. Miss T July 5, 2009 @ 12:50 am

    My boyfriend is not gay,it’s just wishful thing on parts of others on this board, also Rick Leventhal is married with teenage children, stop trying to out people you know nothing about stick to the facts you expect it in the news.

  30. E. Boulanger October 22, 2009 @ 7:55 pm

    So what if he was gay – which I don’t believe, by the way – leave him alone, that’s his private live and nobody’s business

  31. Christine Jay October 27, 2009 @ 1:19 pm

    My husband and I really do enjoy Shep’s presentation of the news. He is an admirable person, with style and people skills way beyond average. Whatever his sexual preference is would be just that, HIS sexual preference, and no one elses business.
    However, in reference to a comment regarding him having a drink in a gay bar/lounge, everyone who has ever gone into a gay establishment is not gay. Think about it. Narrow mindedness is more of a problem than a person who may or may not be gay…just my thoughts on the matter.

  32. Interesting November 2, 2009 @ 6:19 pm

    I’ve been hearing on a few forums where FOX NEWS is discussed that Shepard is gay. I just don’t think he is, although I’ve been wrong before. Guess I don’t have that “gaydar” previously spoken of. Just because he chooses to keep his private life private, why do so many assume he’s gay? And I wouldn’t bet too much on this article having a lot of truth in it either.

  33. Benny November 7, 2009 @ 12:35 pm

    Am surprised that no one has thought of tailing Lee LaHaye (see “Madison” above), son of famous preacher and writer Tim LaHaye, and getting some incriminating pics of him like in a gay bar or in even a much better position. The pics would be worth many thousands of dollars! Benny

  34. dano February 10, 2010 @ 4:43 am

    I liked his reporting on Katrina; that’s what should matter, unless he’s bashing homo’s.

  35. mike g February 20, 2010 @ 12:25 pm


  36. p robinson March 17, 2010 @ 8:11 pm

    Are you kidding me??? Bill is great at what he does… are you??? We have a President who is about to bankrupt our country, our selves, our children, and our grand children and you can’t see beyond the greater good????????? I do not suffer fools well. Get an education and find out what is important!!! Bill, you rock, even though I’m not all that into sports…… Patricia

  37. Jon March 18, 2010 @ 7:12 am

    George Bush and the Republican congress that goosestepped in lockstep after him destroyed our economy, Patricia. We’re trying to save it now, and, yes, it is painful, but without the Democrats’ efforts now, we’d all be living in refrigerator boxes.

  38. AK March 23, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

    I have no idea about Shepherd Smith’s sexual preference (nore care), but I really don’t care for him. For one, he is a liberal, and was very disrespectful of Michael Steel the other day. Most of all, my husband and I have noticed that he is trying too hard to be a “Paul Harvey” with some of his phrases, and he will never be as good. However, there are a lot of people who like him, and I don’t have to watch every Fox program.

  39. Jon March 24, 2010 @ 6:17 am

    That’s right, AK. In this country, people are free to watch whatever right-wing propaganda they choose. Shepard Smith is the closest thing to a legitimate journalist on Fox News, so you probably should avoid watching him lest you learn some actual facts. However, as a liberal, I do agree with you that Michael Steele is a great RNC chairman. With the exception of Palin, Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh, hardly anyone has done more to make the GOP a laughingstock than he has.

  40. Ron April 1, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

    So, from what I am reading here, there’s no homosexual Democrats?

  41. Gabriel Stiles May 11, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

    Ok, one of the first comments was something like, “I can’t believe Shephard Smith is homosexual! He doesn’t seem like it!”. Wow. The Amnerican of what is manly, and pathestic, effiminate half-brained twits sure has gone out the window.

    I know, mean huh. FOX News has been always one of the most liberal news orgs in the world. It plays right wing Americans like drooling morons. I love the Right Wing folks in America, some of the very few good people in America. Shepherd Smith is not a good man. He’s homosexual. Chrisians say, “Because he considered god not worth knowing, He gave them over to do those (homosexual) things that are not convienant.”.

    I’ll be surprised if this is allowed. Censureship is American. Did you know the Nazis were liberals? The Nazis who filled the ovens at the Holocaust camps were, just like Shepherd Smith for example, “Liberals”. c

  42. Jon May 12, 2010 @ 5:57 am

    Hey Gabriel – Remember: You’re supposed to take the blue pill and the yellow pill every day. You know what happens if you skip a day, don’t you?

  43. DIANA GORDON May 18, 2011 @ 6:39 pm


  44. Lisa August 27, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    Like I’m going to believe someone like Shep would do just go out and randomly hit on other guys when he keeps his personal life personal, as it should be. Besides that I don’t care what his sexual orientation is. I just think this is load of crap! What is the point of this kind of hate?

  45. Peg October 15, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

    I have been reading this site and laughing out loud at the dribble that is being spewed out of filthy mouths. I have never heard such a mess of insanity as this. All Repubs are homo’s, etc. I take offense at such crap. I know mostly Republicans and not one gay person. It is not that I am in the middle of nowhere either. Houston is pretty large and full of all kind of people. Fox is not liberal either and the Republicans have not bankrupted our country. That sounds like my lost BIL talking. He is a nitwit, too. Shep is a kind and caring man no matter what his orientation is and that is not easy for me to say.Also,to say that Bill O’Reilly is gay is beyond ridiculous. I think I am going to go now–some of you are making me sick.

  46. Jon October 17, 2011 @ 7:30 am

    It’s “drivel” not “dribble,” Peg.

  47. Peg October 17, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

    Jon, I don’t know if you were being helpful about the correction or not. If so, thank you. I appreciate it. I was preturbed and wrote in a hurry. If not, then, if that is all you could find fault with, Ho-Ho-Ho

  48. Trish Ponder October 17, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

    Peg, glad you’re recovering from your recent illness. I too wondered about Jon only correcting that one error on your part, since almost everything you said was based on erroneous assumptions and faulty reasoning. I am also quite surprised that you know no gay people, since the mayor of Houston is gay and it was ranked 4th in the country for gay couples raising children in the 2010 census. Maybe nobody who knows you wants to tell you they’re gay because it means they’d have to endure your judgments. It’s really big of you to admit it’s “not easy for you to say” that Shepard Smith’s sexual orientation would not cancel out what you see as his good qualities. P.S. It’s “perturbed,” not “preturbed.” Do you also letter tea party signs in your spare time?

  49. Guerra January 11, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

    Madison you are like every gay, like you, I’ve ever known. You want to believe everyone is gay. Then you can be set free of your self loathing and or deep seeded guilt. So your list of names mean nothing. I have nothing against gays just gays like you.

  50. Madison January 12, 2012 @ 6:06 am

    Guerra – Wrong. I think about 3 percent of the population is gay. I think about 10 percent of the population has either acted on bisexual impulses or have repressed those impulses. It’s this latter group, people who repress their true nature out of fear of breaking 4,000 year old edicts of nomadic tribesmen collected in the book of Leviticus and elsewhere and/or their fear of rejection within their own families or socio-political groups, who direct their inner turmoil — you called it “self hatred” — out as homophobia. The gay civil rights movement is about ending the homophobes’ centuries-long oppression of gay people and enabling gays to exercise their rights as citizens, just like everyone else.

  51. Guerra January 13, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    Come on Madison do you watch prime time television? 50-60 percent of evening shows have same sex relationships in them on a nightly basis. if there is repression or rejection its brought on by your own thinking. Just as you think it’s all about repressing gay or bisexual impulses can be the other way around. How about the people who have come to realize they aren’t gay but are afraid to “come out” because of the ridicule or rejection they’d get from their gay friends? So now you’re telling me I’m homophobic because I “must be repressing my gay or bisexual inner turmoil”. You just made my point. Lol!

  52. Madison January 13, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    Guerra – I challenge you to name even five currently in-production “evening shows” that “have same sex relationships in them on a nightly basis” — much less 50-60 percent. That wasn’t even true when “Will & Grace” and “Ellen” were in production. I can only think of two shows, one of which is “Glee.” Besides, even if every show on television featured gay themes, that would not translate into gays having full civil rights. It would not stop people from being fired or evicted because they are gay, and it would not protect equal marriage rights for gays.

    And I have no idea what you mean when you say, “How about the people who have come to realize they aren’t gay but are afraid to ‘come out’ because of the ridicule or rejection they’d get from their gay friends?” Are you suggesting there are people who claim to be gay but who are straight (not bisexual) who are “afraid” to come out as not-gay? Are you talking about Christianist ex-gay “therapy?” If so, that really is laughable.

    But mainly, I’m missing your central point. You accused me of believing that “everyone is gay.” When I asserted otherwise, you ignored that point and moved on to — what? Gays are over-represented on television? Straights must pose as gays to avoid ridicule from their gay friends? Did you infer that I said you were homophobic? I don’t know you, but experience has taught me that normal, sexually well-adjusted people are apathetic about the intimate relationships of strangers. Apathy is indifference, which is different from “not having anything against” them. If you disagree with that common-sense theory, please say why.

  53. Billie January 17, 2012 @ 11:33 pm

    He appears to be very sick. He is wasting away. If he,in fact,is gay,I hope that he doesn’t have aids.

  54. Jon January 18, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

    Billie — Otherwise healthy Americans do not die from HIV disease very often these days.

  55. Chuck January 24, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    Why should I care about ANYONE’S sexual orientation?

  56. Stewart May 19, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

    (It’s still legal – and always God-honoring – to air messages like the following. See Ezekiel 3:18-19. In light of government backing of raunchy behavior (such offenders were even executed in early America!), maybe the separation we really need is the “separation of raunch and state”!)

    In Luke 17 in the New Testament, Jesus said that one of the big “signs” that will happen shortly before His return to earth as Judge will be a repeat of the “days of Lot” (see Genesis 19 for details). So gays are actually helping to fulfill this same worldwide “sign” (and making the Bible even more believable!) and thus hurrying up the return of the Judge! They are accomplishing what many preachers haven’t accomplished! Gays couldn’t have accomplished this by just coming out of closets into bedrooms. Instead, they invented new architecture – you know, closets opening on to Main Streets where little kids would be able to watch naked men having sex with each other at festivals in places like San Francisco (where their underground saint – San Andreas – may soon get a big jolt out of what’s going on over his head!). Thanks, gays, for figuring out how to bring back our resurrected Saviour even quicker!

    [If you would care to learn about the depraved human “pigpen” that regularly occurs in Nancy Pelosi’s district in California, Google “Zombietime” and click on “Up Your Alley Fair” in the left column. And to think – horrors – that she is only two levels away from being President!]

    (Spied the above on the net. Enjoy!)

  57. Madison May 20, 2012 @ 3:19 am

    Stewart – Nancy Pelosi’s district, the city of San Francisco, is blessed with wealth, creativity and more natural beauty than any other district in Congress, and you are clearly a closet case.

  58. Portia July 10, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    If one is going to lie about others at least make it believable. Pathetically fake. I’m fine with homosexuality, I hate lies.

  59. Jim September 17, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    Actually Shepard Smith (“Shep”) is fairly open about being gay among his close friends. This is exactly how Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon (Both at CNN) were for years until they finally came out to the public. If Shep needs to be discreet due to his position at Fox so be it. He never speaks poorly of gay people and as earlier stated he actually is “out” to a close circle of friends. When the time is right for him, he too will probably become more public about it.

  60. Smarterthanmost September 25, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    I was looking up Smith’s political leanings and came across this site. Curious, I read many of your posts. Conclusion: most of you sound as if you are idiots. Comments (parsphrased) as ‘most republicans in DC are homosexual’ and ‘rich people don’t care they only want your vote’ makes you sound like fools. You don’t want people yo generalize about homosexuals, left-wingers/ socialists ,etc. but that is all you do. Sol Alinski teachings & Cloward-Plivens on how to destroy America. Yes, I am smarterthanmost of you. (Dr. M.)

  61. Madison September 26, 2012 @ 6:11 am

    @Dr. M.: Most people who are “smarter than most” have at least a rudimentary grasp of spelling, grammar and syntax.

  62. Bonnie Carroll November 6, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    MADISON mudmouth: Have you ever heard of contraceptives? Too much trouble for you I guess….rather send the gal for an abortion!!

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