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May 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A report by claiming that Fox News chief Roger Ailes prohibited anchor Shepard Smith from coming out as gay as a condition of his new contract has been branded “horse***t” by Smith himself. In a memo to his staff that was subsequently forwarded to, Smith wrote: “I came to Fox News 18 years ago because they agreed to hire me. I’ve stayed with fox news because of my relationship with Roger Ailes. … He’s my boss, my friend and my steadfast supporter both professionally and personally.” The Gawker report, said Smith, was “as phony as 24-hour breaking news on The Plane Channel” — an apparent reference to CNN’s recent non-stop coverage of the Malaysian Airlines disappearance. Politico had previously challenged the accuracy of the Gawker report, which said that Fox executive president Bill Shine “flipped out” when Smith showed up at a recent party with his boyfriend. “Politico has learned that Shine was not in attendance at the party cited in Gawker’s report, but rather in Charleston, South Carolina, with his family,” it wrote. “Moreover, the party in question took place on July 4, after Smith renewed his contract with the network in June.” Politico also observed, “It’s also worth noting that Shine oversees primetime and opinion, not news, and thus does not deal with Smith directly.” Ailes and Shine issued a joint statement calling the Gawker report “a complete fabrication.” Gawker has acknowledged that Shine did not attend the party in question but said that it otherwise stood by the report.