Fox News Anchor Shepard Smith's "Muscular" Boyfriend Revealed As Former Subordinate
Whether or not you like the fact that Gawker outed Fox News' Shepard Smith earlier this week, the publication is continuing to roll with the story by revealing the identity of his "muscular" boyfriend. According to Gawker, Smith's beau is 26-year old Penn State grad and Fox Business producer Giovanni "Gio" Graziano.
According to Gawker, Shepard and Gio met while the recent graduate was working as a production assistant under the anchor on the Fox Report. They apparently didn't attempt to keep their budding relationship secret from the otherwise anti-gay network, often leaving work together, appearing at functions side by side, and frequenting Chelsea bars together. Eventually, Shepard helped Gio transfer to Fox Business as a full fledged producer.
Reached by telephone, an assignment editor at Fox Business named Howard (who would not supply his last name) told Gawker that Graziano is an employee there, but declined to specify how we could contact him. Colin Small, an associate producer at the channel, refused to confirm whether Graziano remained employed there, telling us before hanging up: “Sorry, I can’t help you. Bye.”
Graziano has not returned multiple emails sent to three different email addresses, a LinkedIn message, five text messages, and three voicemails left on his cell phone. Nor were we able to find him at his last known address, a penthouse suite of an East Village condominium. The building’s doorman said that Graziano moved out “a month and a half ago,” but did not know where he moved. (According to public records, the suite sold for $1,125,000 in mid-September.) Voicemails left with more than a dozen family members and former co-workers went unreturned as well.
Graziano appears to be aware of our attempts to contact him. Not long after we reached out, a 5 minute long reporter reel that he uploaded to YouTube last year, featuring him delivering news reports throughout Manhattan and on the stage sets of America’s News Headquartersand On the Record with Greta van Susteren, was removed from the internet. The video was available on Thursday morning, but was made private a few hours later.
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