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A television host from Fox News has been forced to apologize for the statements made on live television hours after it was announced that Robin Williams had died.
Shepard ‘Shep’ Smith called Williams "such a coward" when reporting the death of the late actor and comedian on Monday and has been met with media backlash, reports the New York Daily News.
The television host said while on the air, “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,” during his broadcast and also made reference to Williams’ last Instagram post that was of him and his daughter from when she was a baby.
“One of the children he so loved, one of the children grieving tonight because their father killed himself in a fit of depression,” Smith had said.
Now the Fox host is issuing an apology for his statements. Shepard told website Medialite Tuesday that, “I would never presume to know anything about his private life. And if any of his family members and friends were to have seen me use the word ‘coward,’ I would be horrified.”
Shepard also apologized by stating, “To the core of my being, I regret it. It just came out of my mouth. And I’m so sorry. And to anyone and their families who see that, I am sorry.”
Robin Williams was 63 and will be missed. Watch the full video below.
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