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August 12, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

In reporting the death of Robin Williams Monday night, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith talked about Williams’s loving relationship with his three children, then remarked, "You could love three little things so much, watch them grow, they’re in their mid-20s, and they’re inspiring you, and exciting you, and they fill you up with the kind of joy you could never have known, and yet, something inside you is so horrible or you’re such a coward or whatever the reason that you decide that you have to end it." The remark elicited a torrent of criticism, and at first Smith defended it, saying, "I spent an entire hour talking about how much this man affected people’s lives and brought greatness to this world. … I was just wondering aloud what could have made this man want to end it all." Still later, Smith apologized. "To the core of my being, I regret it," he said. "It just came out of my mouth. And I’m so sorry. And to anyone and their families who see that, I am sorry." Smith’s was not the only such comment. Actor Todd Bridges called Williams’s apparent suicide "a very selfish act. … If I did that what am I showing my children — that when it gets tough that’s the way out." He, too, later apologized, saying, "I ask forgiveness for any pain that I have caused anyone." And Bollywood star Kamal Hassan remarked, "If the alleged story about his suicide is true then I dislike him for ending his life before his due date of expiry. That’s a copout that I don’t expect of an artist of his caliber." He did not apologize.