October 27, 2013
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is at the center of a new rumor suggesting that he is gay. According to a report in Gawker, the 49-year-old newsman and his young boyfriend have been seen at various bars around New York City.
Smith, according to Gawker, is dating a 26-year-old Fox Business producer and Penn State graduate named Giovanni “Gio” Graziano. As Gawker notes, the two met when Graziano started working at “The Fox Report,” Smith’s former show, as a production assistant in 2011.
In October 2012, as Gawker points out, Smith had Graziano transferred to “Varney & Co,” a show on Fox Business News, in order to avoid any “conflict of interest.”
Smith and Graziano aren’t attempting to hide their relationship, as they’ve allegedly been spotted together at (straight) Manhattan bars like the Ainsworth and the Bathtub Gin in Chelsea and the Village Pourhouse on Third Avenue in the East Village, Gawker said.
Some of their co-workers at Fox News also seem to be aware of the relationship.
“The people who know the most are [Graziano’s] former co-workers from Fox,” a source told Gawker. “One of the production assistants even saw him getting into Shep’s limo one night earlier this year around 8 p.m. outside Fox, after Shep’s show was over.”