Fox’s Shep Smith offers apology for calling Robin Williams ‘a coward’ on air

Shortly after word broke of beloved actor Robin Williams’ suicide, Fox News’ Shepard Smith called the comedian a “coward” for taking his own life.

“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,” Smith said during the Monday evening newscast. “Robin Williams, at 63, did that today.”

He quickly issued an apology, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

Smith apologized in the news publication, Mediaite, for his poor word choice:

I would never presume to know anything about his private life. And if any of his family members and friends were to have seen me use the word ‘coward,’ I would be horrified. I would just like to apologize to the end of the earth to anyone who might think that I meant to openly call him a coward.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.


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246 thoughts on “Fox’s Shep Smith offers apology for calling Robin Williams ‘a coward’ on air

  1. Linda says:

    My favorite Shep oops was when he confused ‘block party’ with ‘blow job’.

  2. Admin Istrator says:

    The masses will never agree on what to call someone who commits suicide. As a Christian we have a duty to love one another even though we do not have to agree, accept, or endorse the act. I have been in that dark pit of hell ready when a voice me reminded of those I would leave to pick up the pieces and it was my love for them that stopped me…, and my love of Christ that got me back on track. You don’t have to agree with me, or with my Christian ideology. If you understand love then make a choice of being there for those who lose a loved one to this illness. It is a disease and it hurts for ever but you can help those left behind to pick up the pieces and find a reason for continuing on themselves.

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