"I don't think about it," said Smith, a Mississippi native and an alumnus of the university. "It's not a thing. I go to work. I manage a lot of people. I cover the news. I deal with holy hell around me. I go home to the man I'm in love with."
Smith said that when he was younger, he convinced himself that he didn't need to be out. At the time, he said, he reasoned with himself by saying, "A. You're going to hell for it. B. You'll never have any friends again. C. What are you going to tell your family? And by the way, you're on television on the craziest conservative network on earth. They will probably put you in front of a brick wall and mow you down. Of course, none of that was true, but that's how it felt."
Smith also said he had no difficulties with Roger Ailes, the Fox News CEO who was forced out after he was accused of sexual harassment. "Someone asked me if Roger Ailes had been abusive to me, and I said, 'No. He was always good to me,' and that was the truth," Smith said. "And when I told the truth, I guess it was considered that I outed myself. I didn't even think about it, because I didn't think I was in."