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 Comments

  • Christine Jay
    October 27, 2009 - 1:19 pm | Permalink

    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.

  • Interesting
    November 2, 2009 - 6:19 pm | Permalink

    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.

  • Benny
    November 7, 2009 - 12:35 pm | Permalink

    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

  • dano
    February 10, 2010 - 4:43 am | Permalink

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

  • mike g
    February 20, 2010 - 12:25 pm | Permalink

    I JUST SAW THIS HBO DOCUMENTARY ABOUT SHEPARD BEING GAY..
    I HAD NO IDEA. MY WIFE WAS CRACKING ON ME BECAUSE THE ONLY TIME I WATCH FOX IS FOR HIM..LOL..I HAD NO IDEA..NOW I HAVE TO STOP WATCHING!..LOL..JUST KIDDING..I STILL THINK HE IS A GOOD GUY..DOESN’T MATTER TO ME IF HE IS GAY OR NOT. I’LL STILL WATCH HIM, BECAUSE HE IS GOOD AT WHAT HE DOES.

  • p robinson
    March 17, 2010 - 8:11 pm | Permalink

    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

    • March 18, 2010 - 7:12 am | Permalink

      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.

  • March 23, 2010 - 8:44 pm | Permalink

    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.

    • March 24, 2010 - 6:17 am | Permalink

      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.

  • April 1, 2010 - 3:48 pm | Permalink

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

  • Gabriel Stiles
    May 11, 2010 - 5:51 pm | Permalink

    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

    • May 12, 2010 - 5:57 am | Permalink

      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?

  • DIANA GORDON
    May 18, 2011 - 6:39 pm | Permalink

    I AM SICK OF PEOPLE THAT CAN NOT LEAVE OTHER ALONE…SOME ONE ALWAYS LIKE TO TAKE OTHERS DOWN..SHEPARD SMITH IS GREAT.
    STAY OUT OF HIS LIFE….OK..HE COMES BACK TO MISS EACH YEAR AND BRINGS HIS FAThER TO THE CANDLIGHT DINNER AT THE COLLEGE..”THE OLD SOUTH PLEASE” ..HOW GREAT THAT HE DOSE THIS… HE A GREAT PERSON…

  • Lisa
    August 27, 2011 - 11:46 am | Permalink

    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?

  • Peg
    October 15, 2011 - 4:52 pm | Permalink

    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.

    • October 17, 2011 - 7:30 am | Permalink

      It’s “drivel” not “dribble,” Peg.

  • Peg
    October 17, 2011 - 2:14 pm | Permalink

    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

  • October 17, 2011 - 3:50 pm | Permalink

    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?

  • Guerra
    January 11, 2012 - 1:11 pm | Permalink

    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.

    • Madison
      January 12, 2012 - 6:06 am | Permalink

      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.

  • Guerra
    January 13, 2012 - 8:01 am | Permalink

    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!

    • Madison
      January 13, 2012 - 9:54 am | Permalink

      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.

  • Billie
    January 17, 2012 - 11:33 pm | Permalink

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

    • January 18, 2012 - 1:31 pm | Permalink

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

  • Chuck
    January 24, 2012 - 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Why should I care about ANYONE’S sexual orientation?

  • Stewart
    May 19, 2012 - 12:54 pm | Permalink

    (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!)

    • Madison
      May 20, 2012 - 3:19 am | Permalink

      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.

  • Portia
    July 10, 2012 - 10:37 am | Permalink

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

  • Jim
    September 17, 2012 - 10:09 am | Permalink

    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.

  • Smarterthanmost
    September 25, 2012 - 10:52 am | Permalink

    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.)

    • Madison
      September 26, 2012 - 6:11 am | Permalink

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

  • Bonnie Carroll
    November 6, 2012 - 9:46 am | Permalink

    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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