Presumably closeted Fox News anchor Shepard Smith has apologized for the disgusting rant he went on during televised coverage of Robin Williams’ death this week, in which he accused the late actor of being a “coward” and selfish father, among other things.
Mere hours after news of Williams’ death broke, Smith got up on his Fox News horse to completely shit all over the legacy of a legend universally hailed as a “genius” in the wake of his death. While dated images of Williams spending time with his children appeared on the screen, this is what Smith had to say:
It’s hard to imagine, isn’t it? 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. Robin Williams, at 63, did that today.
“I know he used to get high with your aunt,” he continues, indicating to a guest that it was an appropriate time to talk about Williams’ battle with addiction over the years.
Before the day was over, Smith issued an “apology” to Mediaite, explaining that people took his words out of context:
I was sorry to read online the people who see the world in a black-and-white way, and to suggest that they might have a definitive analysis of why he did such a thing. What I wanted to do is celebrate his life and find some meaning in our own lives, since we often do know someone who is reaching out, and we have a responsibility to help that person — maybe a phone call or a door knock is in order.
To the core of my being, I regret it. It just came out of my mouth. And I’m so sorry. And to anyone and their families who see that, I am sorry.