Fox News afternoon anchor Shepard Smith has carved an image for himself as a straight-shooting reporter on a network known for the strong conservative slant to most of its coverage. But when the female host of a new program on Fox Business Channel expressed her admiration for Smith, the 51-year-old newsman came back with some rather unusual advice.
The exchange took place Tuesday on the Fox Business program hosted by 42-year-old Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, who is perhaps still best known for her stint in the early 1990s as an MTV personality calling herself by the mononym “Kennedy.”
Though even then Kennedy was known for her sharply conservative political point of view, she hosted MTV’s Alternative Nation program from 1992 until 1997, a show that was instrumental in popularizing the “alternative” genre of music then known as “alternative rock,” including such bands as Nirvana and Pearl Jam.
In 2013, Kennedy became a Fox News personality, hosting a panel discussion broadcast titled The Independents. Now she has a new show on Fox Business, and she hosted Shepard Smith as one of her first guests.
She started the exchange by telling Smith how, as a radio talk show host, she would often cold-call Fox News hoping go get Smith in the phone.
“Whether it’s a war, a celebrity death or some cataclysmic weather event, I get down on my knees and I’m thankful for your existence because I love watching you cover breaking news,” Kennedy gushed to Smith.
To which Smith had an unexpected reply.
“The thought of you on your knees is a wonderful one,” he told her, then going on to congratulate her on her new show.
“I know, Shep, isn’t this legit?” Kennedy said, before asking, “Any advice for me for the new show?”
Smith had another unusual reply, advising Kennedy to “wear less clothes.”
“I like your style a lot, you know, I like to go out to the bars with you and things like that,” Smith told Kennedy. “I think part of the great charm of you is your wardrobe and I love it.”
“You make me sound like I wear tube tops and hot pants when we go out!” replied Kennedy.
“You should,” Smith said.
While the suggestive exchange appeared lighthearted, it was notable for coming on the same day as another on-air exchange regarding female Fox News employees.
After former Fox News commentator Mike Huckabee complained about hearing women in the Fox News office using profanity at work, he was interviewed by anchor Megyn Kelly, who told him that swearing is not the only vice engaged in by the women of Fox News.
“We are not only swearing. We’re drinking, we’re smoking, we’re having premarital sex, we have birth control before we go to work, and sometimes boss around a bunch of men,” Kelly informed the prospective Republican 2016 presidential hopeful.
Watch the Kennedy interview with Fox News anchor Shepard Smith in the video, above.