Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Was Shepard Smith demoted by Fox News after telling them he wanted to Come Out?

The streets are talking and word is Fox News anchor Shepard Smith was demoted after he approached Roger Ailes about coming out as gay. And... Roger maybe, possibly demoted Shep from his prime-time slot to an afternoon slot.

Gawker reports:

A few weeks before approaching Ailes about coming out, Smith surprised Fox staffers by bringing his boyfriend, a 26-year-old Fox producer named Gio Graziano, to a company picnic at Ailes’s compound in Garrison, New York. Held annually on Independence Day weekend, the picnic is a small gathering—only executives, on-air talent, and their frontline producers are invited—so Smith likely felt comfortable bringing along his steady partner.

Despite the intimate venue, the new couple put several Fox executives on high alert. According to multiple sources with knowledge of the picnic, the most dramatic reaction came from Bill Shine, the channel’s Executive Vice President of Programming. Shine “flipped out,” one source said, when Smith introduced Graziano to attendees. (Within and outside of Fox, Shine, who is 50 and grew up on Long Island, carries a reputation for insensitivity toward gay people. “He’s a major, major homophobe,” a Fox insider said.)

Hmmm, if that's the case, why is he still there?


The Huntress said...

Everyone has a price, and from I understand Shep is paid very, very well to be at Fox News.

Bob Slatten said...

I tend to believe it, and he might still be there because he has a contract.

Mechadude2001 said...

Wow, I'm a mix of emotions. Despite him being a lackey for Faux News, I still can't support the homophobia. I wonder if he could/ or should sue Fox for discrimination.

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