Sorry may seem to be the hardest word for Fox News host Shepard “Shep” Smith, who has been forced to apologize after calling Robin Williams a coward hours after the award-winning actor committed suicide. Smith’s remark resulted in a social media backlash against the host.
On the station’s Monday evening coverage of Williams’s death, the host called the famous actor and comedian a “coward”. Last Monday, Smith lifted a quote from the actor in which described his children as an inspiration for him.
Smith said: “‘One of the children he so loved, one of the children grieving tonight because their father killed himself in a fit of depression.”
He added: “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.”
Smith’s remarks resulted in negative reaction on social media, with many people branding the Fox new host as being insensitive and lacked sympathy towards Williams, who had been reportedly suffering from depression.
Apologizing for his remarks last Monday, he told TVNewser: “The last thing I would ever suggest about a man I know nothing about personally, is that he’s a coward. That goes against everything I am. If those words, I used so innocently, offended his family, from the bottom of my heart, I could not be more sorry.”
Aside from hosting “Shepard Smith Reporting”, Smith is also the managing editor of Fox News’ breaking news department.
Other media organizations have also been criticized on media for their news coverage on Williams’s death. ABC News also issued an apology for streaming a video clip of the actor’s home on Monday.
A famous comedian and actor, Williams became known for acclaimed films such as Popeye Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, and Good Will Hunting. He also starred in blockbuster films such as Hook, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Jumanji.
Williams is also an Academy Award winner, having won the Best Supporting Actor for his stellar performance in Good Will Hunting. He was also nominated thrice for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He also won other awards from Emmy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Grammy awards.