“Some of us can pull off seeming like human beings on TV, some of us can pull off V.O.G. authority, but Shep is really very good at both,” Maddow wrote.
Now we know that the love is mutual. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Smith says of Maddow:
I know Rachel. I’m a fan of Rachel’s. But what she said very generously is I do regular guy and voice of God at the same time. By voice of God, she means you can be a news anchor and be taken seriously and then when it’s fun, you can have a little fun. We all know each other in this business. It’s a very small community, and we all pretty much like each other. And I admire and respect Rachel. Everything in this thing we do to me is Ole Miss and LSU. I love Ole Miss; I hate LSU. And that’s how MSNBC and Fox News viewers are, and I understand it and I respect it because I hate LSU.
Smith also talks about what happened when his program accidentally aired the suicide of a man on live TV, and why he sometimes breaks from his anchor peers and just says things that he thinks are true.