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FOX News' Roger Ailes and Shepard Smith Deny Shep was Demoted for Wanting to Come Out as Gay

FOX News demoted anchor Shepard Smith late last year after he told Roger Ailes he wanted to come out of the closet, Gawker reports:

Shepard_smithIn the summer of 2013, according to multiple sources with knowledge of their exchange, Shepard Smith approached Fox News president Roger Ailes about publicly coming out. The newly attached anchor was eager, at the time, to finally acknowledge his sexuality. “It’s time,” he told Ailes and other colleagues. “It’s time.”

Instead, Ailes informed Smith that the network’s famously conservative audience would not tolerate a gay news anchor. Ailes’ answer was definitive: Smith could not say he’s gay.

“This came up during contract negotiations,” a Fox insider told Gawker. “Shep wanted to and was ready to come out, and Roger just said no.”

Smith, one of Ailes’s first and most loyal disciples, acquiesced to his boss’s demand, and dropped the matter. But the discussion worried enough Fox executives to prompt Smith’s removal, in September 2013, from the channel’s coveted prime-time lineup. According to a Fox insider with direct knowledge of negotiations, Smith’s desire to come out was a large factor in the dramatic move.

Gawker, of course, has been trying to help Smith out of the closet for some time now.

Ailes and Smith released a statement to TV Newser calling the report totally false:

“This story is 100% false and a complete fabrication,” write Ailes and Smith in a joint statement. “As colleagues and close friends at Fox News for 18 years, our relationship has always been rooted in a mutual respect, deep admiration, loyalty, trust, and full support both professionally and personally.”


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Jon Stewart Remembers That Time He Met FOX News' Roger Ailes at the 2000 Republican Convention: VIDEO

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FOX News' head Roger Ailes recently revealed that Jon Stewart once told him he was a socialist.

On last night's Daily Show, Stewart recalled their meeting at the 2000 GOP convention, revealing what Ailes told to him.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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FOX News Chair Roger Ailes Installed Bombproof Glass in His Office for Fear of Attacks by Gay Activists

From Rolling Stone's profile on FOX Chair Roger Ailes and how he built the FOX News fear factory:

Ailes Murdoch installed ailes in the corner office on Fox’s second floor at 1211  Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. The location made Ailes queasy: It was  close to the street, and he lived in fear that gay activists would try to  attack him in retaliation over his hostility to gay rights. (In 1989, Ailes had broken up a protest of a Rudy Giuliani speech by gay activists, grabbing demonstrator by the throat and shoving him out the door.) Barricading himself behind a massive mahogany desk, Ailes insisted on having “bombproof glass” installed in the windows – even going so far as to personally inspect samples of high-tech plexiglass, as though he were picking out new carpet. Looking down on the street below, he expressed his fears to Cooper, the editor he had tasked with up-armoring his office. “They’ll be down there protesting,” Ailes said. “Those gays.”

How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory [rolling stone]

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