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Gawker is speculating that Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, who has long been rumored to be gay, may come out of the closet this week. He is a special guest at Headlines & Headliners, a yearly gala put on by the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association. From Gawker:

It’s a fair question. After all, Smith has a steady boyfriend, yet remains a vanishingly rarecreature in cable television: a closeted anchor. If Smith comes out at the gala, scheduled for Thursday evening at the Prince George Ballroom, he would break decades of silence—and, in the same gesture, draw fresh attention to his channel’s coverage of gay people.

Interestingly, over the last few weeks, Gawker received several promotional emails from NLGJA, each featuring a “Special Guests” list that did not include Shepard Smith. Noting that Fox was sending five straight women and meteorologist Rick Reichmuth, we cold-called a few connected individuals in late February, to see if they’d talk about Smith’s absence—exclusion?—from the event. Why wasn’t he attending? Was his notoriously controlling boss, Fox News president Roger Ailes, telling him not to?

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