The newsman denies allegations that his former boss verbally abused him.
Shepard Smith of Fox News came out to our media partner The Huffington Post on Monday in defense of Fox CEO Roger Ailes and accusations of homophobic comments which some have speculated discouraged the correspondent from coming out.
Smith said there was nothing but support from the Network and Ailes never disrespected him or his sexuality.
“No, never. He treated me with respect, just respect,” Smith told The Huffington Post. “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.”
The newsman has been the subject of many rumors over the years, even appearing on Out Magazines Power 50 list, however, until today he has never spoken about it publicly.
Smith adds in the article that Ailes never demanded that he stay in the closet either.
"That’s not true. He was as nice as he could be to me. I loved him like a father,” he told HuffPo. “I trusted him with my career and with ― I trusted him and trusts were betrayed. People outside this company can’t know [how painful that betrayal was]. This place has its enemies, but inside, it was very personal, and very scarring and horrifying.”
Ailes resigned in July 2016 over numerous reports of workplace sexual harassment claims.
Shepherd was one of the only Fox anchors who wanted to report on the internal disruption, but he says it’s not over.
“This was a real shock to the system, and it upended a lot of things that we thought we knew,” he told the Huffington Post. “We were wounded and horrified and very emotional, and we realize that as leaders we need to come in and face up to what we’ve learned ... We have to make sure there aren’t young victims wandering around here who need us. We have to get appropriate counselors in here. We have to make sure legally everybody’s protected and have to make a commitment to be the most transparent, open and welcoming organization of our kind in the world, and I’m determined to be a part of the team that makes it happen.”
You can read the full Huffington Post interview HERE.