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Shepard Smith Apologizes After Referring To Robin Williams' Suicide As Cowardly, But Does It Make Up For The Insult?

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Someone is doing damage control!

Shepard Smith has issued an apology today for calling Robin Williams a coward yesterday after finding out the actor committed suicide.

The FOX News anchor was covering the story less than eight hours after reports of the death surfaced, when he started to talk about how Robin's children must be feeling.

Shepard originally reported:

"You could love three (children) 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."

During the broadcast, Shepard also questioned what could have caused Robin's suicide since he lived a life some people could only dream of.

Right. Because having a fun life directly correlates to whether or not you're suffering from depression.

We understand that Shep might be staunchly against killing yourself, but he probably should have known better than to talk ill of someone so beloved/recently deceased.

After receiving tons of social media hate due to his hateful comments, Shepard released an apology today, saying:

"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."

It does seem like Shep regretted his word-choice immediately, so we hope for his sake his apology is well-received.

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18 comments to “Shepard Smith Apologizes After Referring To Robin Williams' Suicide As Cowardly, But Does It Make Up For The Insult?”

  1. itjustis says – reply to this


    I thought he is supposed to report the news, not give his personal opinions about it?

  2. LnikkiJ says – reply to this


    Thats because alot of social media hounds dont do proper research and talk out their a$$.Talking bout mental illness like their a professional and know everything. YET know nothing.#Educate2relate

  3. Dale says – reply to this


    So he didn't mean to "openly" call him a coward. Doesn't that suggest that he thought Robin Williams was a coward, he just didn't mean to say it out loud. I don't think much of his apology, Perhaps he should do a some research about depression, maybe then he'd be a little more humane.

  4. jan says – reply to this


    Again we have a story about someone speaking their mind and they get raked over the coals….but considering who is in white house I guess free speech is another right we have lost!

  5. madmike says – reply to this


    what a queen………….. girl, show some respect.

  6. karen says – reply to this


    I don't think that this is a huge deal. Sounds like he has strong feeling about suicide. Maybe had to deal with it. We will all forget about this in a week.

  7. hales says – reply to this


    Free speech is great and he's entitled to his opinion, but that doesn't discount the fact that his opinion is ignorant and uneducated. He is spreading the stigma that those struggling with mental health issues are weak and cowardly when he should be spreading awareness and support. Shame on him. Educate yourself before speaking your mind or you'll look like an ass. That goes for everyone. Typical Fox News.

  8. Tinathegreat says – reply to this


    He's a coward for not showing his face with out a boatload of make - up !

  9. MichJB says – reply to this


    Nobody has the right to condemn Robin for killing himself. He has suffered severe depression for years and in his troubled mind - suicide was the solution to his demons. I feel badly for those loved ones he left behind, but to all those that keep criticizing his actions - I would rather see you with a rope around your necks - the loss of your petty life would be far less tragic.

  10. beach says – reply to this


    He says stupid shit every time he's on the air. Most from Fox do. He's one of the biggest idiots of all. I don't know how anyone can watch Fox with a straight face.

  11. 11

    As a woman who has battled with depression and PTSS…I have to agree with the coward referal. It is a cowards way out and it is a selfish act! Yes, I have thought of suicide…dozens of times…but I would NEVER hurt my family like that. I loved Robin's acting - but I am deeply upset that people say it's okay if he was depressed and committed suicide. No it it NOT! It's just an excuse! Free speech…

  12. 12

    Fox News, and we are surprised why????

  13. Satish says – reply to this


    For all those who think Fox New is a news channel, that is problem #1, if you want real news, watch BBC World or other reputable news agencies. Fox is better of replacing Shepard Smith with Peter Griffin from the Family Guy, at least Peter is somewhat intelligent!!!!!!

  14. MackMan says – reply to this


    I shed some tears reading his last post on social media

  15. mikki says – reply to this


    Shepard Smith did Not say RW committed suicide because he is a Coward !! !! That's out of context
    "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."

    Shep said that "whatever the reason" Robin Williams "ended it today.

    In his Apology…Shep said
    "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."

    He apologised to "Anyone and their Families"…and that Anyone is to people suffering, anywhere, !!

  16. Genny says – reply to this


    I count 3 I's and 1 me in the apology. It is a poor apology lacking brevity or empathy. It seems to be more about him than to soothe those outraged, as myself are in his incompetent coverage of such a tragedy. One to "anyone" how about to all those that hold Mr. Williams and his many works dear to their hearts, how about an apology to his family and millions of supporters.

  17. Troll Hater says – reply to this


    I think that was a horrible thing to say.. not professional at all. Who in the hell do you think you are? I will never watch you and I think you should loose your job…!!!

  18. the bza says – reply to this


    Re: LnikkiJ – Oh you accidently confused fox news with news