FOX News Anchor Shepard Smith’s Boyfriend is Reportedly Strapping and Affectionate

Gawker called FOX News anchor Shepard Smith out in a post yesterday for a gin-fueled tantrum at a bar in NYC's Chelsea neighborhood last March, further shattering Smith's glass closet with a nugget dropped in the middle of its item:

S_smithSmith had arrived earlier that night with a straight couple and his own regular date, a muscular 6-foot-2 30-something white male, whom Bathtub Gin employees refer to as “his boyfriend.” Like most other nights—Smith frequents the bar, located behind a coffee shop on 9th Avenue, about once a week—the anchor’s attention fell on his date. According to Minskova and one other source, who have seen Smith and his date drink there on multiple occasions, the couple frequently holds hands and rests them in each others’ laps under the table. Nobody we spoke with, including several Fox insiders, knew the name of Smith's date.

Smith, who has been listed in OUT magazine's 'Power 50', inspiring calls by anti-gay conservatives for him to come out of the closet, is not out.

Comments

  1. Cam says

    He has called out FOX news a few times, Ive been wondering when they would try to out the guy and then fire him. The fun part being when he sues them for it.

  2. SpaceCadet says

    I’m not a FOX News watcher by any means but whenever I have caught a snippet of him on TV he actually seems pretty entertaining. And I’ve heard he’s pretty liberal by FOX/conservative standards.

  3. northalabama says

    ok, i’m sure there were still a few that didn’t know shep is gay. and there are bound to be one or two others that don’t know wealthy, older, gay men sometimes have younger, strapping boyfriends. still more might never have seen affectionate gay couples in public when one is a closeted public figure.

    other than that, is there a point to this breaking news story?

  4. anon says

    He’s been out to anyone with a brain for several years. He’s gone off-copy to express pro-gay rights editorials on stories too, though very elliptically. How he got his job who can say.

  5. jjose712 says

    I don’t understand this “outing”. Yes, he works on Fox news, but he is not the hipocrital type who spreads homophobia only to hide his own shame.

    I think people must come out in his own terms, and outing is only justified when the guy (or woman) works actively against gay rights.
    Not even having a beard and lying justifie outing, at least not for me

  6. jake says

    I don’t know, it’s 2013 now. There used to be “outing” etiquette, but what’s the point now? What’s the excuse? I’m not going to keep your secret for you, sorry.

  7. Sean Maloney says

    He’s one of the “good guys,” you write? “In hostile territory?” He willingly accepts a paycheck from that “hostile territory.” Sounds like a whorish hypocrite to me.

  8. MIke says

    Do you believe the story at Gawker? That after one drink he would become a sloppy spitting drunk? After all the source is so reliable: an ex-waitress. I believe he’s gay. And probably a mannered one.

  9. MIke says

    Do you believe the story at Gawker? That after one drink he would become a sloppy spitting drunk? After all the source is so reliable: an ex-waitress. I believe he’s gay. And probably a mannered one.

  10. MIke says

    Do you believe the story at Gawker? That after one drink he would become a sloppy spitting drunk? After all the source is so reliable: an ex-waitress. I believe he’s gay. And probably a mannered one.

  11. MIke says

    Do you believe the story at Gawker? That after one drink he would become a sloppy spitting drunk? After all the source is so reliable: an ex-waitress. I believe he’s gay. And probably a mannered one.

  12. MIke says

    Do you believe the story at Gawker? That after one drink he would become a sloppy spitting drunk? After all the source is so reliable: an ex-waitress. I believe he’s gay. And probably a mannered one.

  13. MIke says

    Do you believe the story at Gawker? That after one drink he would become a sloppy spitting drunk? After all the source is so reliable: an ex-waitress. I believe he’s gay. And probably a mannered one.

  14. MIke says

    Do you believe the story at Gawker? That after one drink he would become a sloppy spitting drunk? After all the source is so reliable: an ex-waitress. I believe he’s gay. And probably a mannered one.

  15. MIke says

    Do you believe the story at Gawker? That after one drink he would become a sloppy spitting drunk? After all the source is so reliable: an ex-waitress. I believe he’s gay. And probably a mannered one.

  16. Matt27 says

    News anchors get too much attention, when the real attention should be the news, and too much money for an hour of work reading the teleprompter, texts written by producers.

  17. AriesMatt says

    @Matt27, many news anchors, Sheppard included, actually go out into the field and do research regarding stories and events. So, they aren’t just reading a teleprompter for one hour a day. There’s a lot of prep that goes into a newscast.

  18. says

    I’m not a big fan of outing somebody who does not want to be out. Even people who work for Fox News are entitled to live their lives in the manner they wish. Sorry, but that’s how I feel.

  19. McCoysMarketNYC says

    But, Len, as Jake wrote earlier: It’s 2013. What does “outing” even mean anymore? Every reporter, gossip writer, editor, fan, etc., is responsible for keeping the lid on every closet case’s real life? I don’t think so. If a gossip site sees Male Celebrity A at a straight bar out with a hot woman and Male Celebrity B at a gay bar out with a hot man, that gossip site is supposed to report the straight bar sighting but not the gay one?! That’s not only ridiculous, it’s offensive. Think about it.

  20. Rin says

    So, you shouldn’t get paid serious money to work somewhere because other people don’t like it’s political agenda?

    What are we now? The Soviet Union? People don’t like to make money anymore?

    Go Shep! Get that big strappin’ and affectionate man and a paycheck! When other people pay your bills then they can tell you about how to live your life!

  21. HA!! says

    HMMMMMMM— no surprise here. Hope he is happy, and for those of you calling this man an Uncle Tom, We, gay men, are not all screaming shrieking liberals. There are moderate and even conservative, proud gay men.

  22. jeff says

    Im not calling him an Uncle Tom, but those of us who are aware of Rupert Murdoch’s personal point of view and how it is expressed repeatedly, often, and loudly on his entertainment network that pretends to be an news organization, wonder aloud how someone with a scintilla of personal integrity could not only work at Fox News, but also spout the lies that this “entertainment” organization invents to distort the political system and cut this nation into warring pieces. I mean just knowing what Mr. Murdoch expresses personally about gays and lesbians excludes him as a possible employer for those with a conscience who like to sleep at night.

  23. Bill Michael says

    I LOVE Shepherd Smith’s newcast on Fox and have been a fan of his for many years. I think it’s fantastic that he works for Fox News. How else could you ever expect Fox to improve their position on gay issues? I think he’s a first class journalist and a good example for everyone. So if you can’t say something nice about a man who has represented our community with dignity and grace, then just STFU.

  24. matt says

    What wishy washy man He has been bashing Gays for years. Please please take Duck Dynasties advice the Vagina much more fun for you and its in the bible he says Tea party republicans for 2016

  25. David C says

    Such brilliance on display!

    Andy Towle says that Smith is “not out” even though he is discussing a report that Smith was at a bar he frequents with a male date — with whom he’s been seen at said bar “on multiple occasions.”

    In a similar vein, Gregory in Seattle calls Smith a “conservative Republican closet case.”

    That’s the way to be in the closet: in public at a frequent haunt with your same-sex date.

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