OFFICE ROMANCE

Fox News’ Shepard Smith Hooks Up With 26-Year-Old Production Assistant

Closeted Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, who made headlines earlier this week for verbally abusing a cocktail waitress, has found love, and in a rather unexpected place: Fox News itself.

The 49-year-old anchor allegedly engaged in a year-long courtship with an attractive 26-year-old production assistant who worked under him on Fox Report With Shepard Smith. Now Gawker is reporting that the two are officially a couple.

Smith’s boy toy is Penn State grad and Fox Business producer Giovanni “Gio” Graziano. According to multiple sources, the couple met sometime after Graziano started working as a production assistant at Fox Report in October 2011 and have been seen frequenting many swanky New York bars, as well as riding around in limousines and watching football games together.

Sounds like love to us.

Evidently, Smith became concerned about the relationship creating a conflict of interest, so last October, he arranged for Graziano to be transferred to Fox Business Network, where he was made an associate producer for Varney & Co. It’s unclear whether he still holds his position there today.

Since the story broke, Smith, Graziano and Fox News have all remained tight-lipped about the matter, refusing to respond to e-mails, phone calls, or requests for comment.

Now that the cat’s out of the bag, maybe the two lovebirds could go on a double date with Anderson Cooper and his boyfriend. Although, we have to say, not only is Anderson’s reporting better, but his taste in men appears to be, as well.

Photo credit: Gawker.