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Aug 08, 2013 05:21 PM EDT | Jonathan Lambert
Shepard Smith, the Fox News anchor, has made this year’s OUT Power 50 list. He is joined by CNN’s Anderson Cooper on the yearly list that is dedicated to the most powerful gays and lesbians in America.
It comes as a shock to nearly everyone that Shepard Smith made the magazine’s final cut. Smith, who has never confirmed his sexuality, was not known by many to be a homosexual. BUt, month’s after the publication, he has yet to refute the magazine’s shocking claims.
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Shep came in at number 6 in the rankings, with OUT describing the anchor as such:
“The Mississippi native, whose nightly Fox Report With Shepard Smith has won its time slot for more than 100 consecutive months, has been with Fox News since its 1996 inception. His loyalty paid off in 2007 when he signed a three-year contract estimated at $7.8 million per year, renewing it again in 2010 for another three years. New entry”
This is Shepard’s first year on the list.
In a much less shocking reveal, CNN’s Anderson Cooper took the number 3 spot. OUT Magazine couldn’t contain their joy, when describing the award-winning broadcaster:
As our most palpably compassionate witness to history, Cooper has had to endure some tough assignments this year. First, in February, he was punched in the head by pro-Mubarak stooges in Cairo; then, in March, he was forced to flee Fukushima in Japan over radiation fears -- gripping TV that pushed his CNN show, AC360, to a near ratings tie with Fox kingpin Bill O'Reilly. All that, and the wily fox still made time for Vanity Fair's annual Oscar party -- in the company of boyfriend Benjamin Maisani, no less.
Cooper previously ranked number 3 on the list, holding on to his spot.
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