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

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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.


Don Noel


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