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.