Shep Smith on Fox News
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Fox News chief information anchor Shepard Smith is leaving the conservative cable network after 23 years there, he introduced Friday.
Smith’s look Friday on “Shepard Smith Reporting” was his final look on the network, in accordance with Fox News. Smith isn’t leaving to take one other job in journalism, he mentioned throughout his closing broadcast.
In addition to working as chief information anchor, Smith had been managing editor of the network’s breaking information unit. He had labored at Fox News since its launch.
At a network recognized for its usually full-throated assist of President Donald Trump, Smith stood out for his criticisms of the president and for his fact-checking of claims by Trump and his supporters.
“Is he leaving? Oh, that’s a shame,” Trump quipped to reporters on the heels of the announcement of Smith’s exit.
Smith’s departure follows a report that he was warned final month by Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott and network president Jay Wallace to not criticize the network’s night anchor Tucker Carlson once more.
Smith had mentioned on the air that it was “repugnant” that Carlson had not spoken up in protection of Fox News contributor Andrew Napolitano after a Carlson visitor, lawyer Joseph di Genova, known as Napolitano a “fool” for saying that Trump had damaged the legislation. Di Genova is a authorized advisor to Trump.
Smith additionally has been criticized repeatedly by Trump — as not too long ago as Thursday — after not lavishing reward on the president, as numerous different hosts on the network routinely do.
“Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News and begin a new chapter,” Smith mentioned in a ready assertion.
“After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged. The opportunities afforded this guy from small town Mississippi have been many,” Smith mentioned.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to report the news each day to our loyal audience in context and with perspective, without fear or favor. I’ve worked with the most talented, dedicated and focused professionals I know and I’m proud to have anchored their work each day — I will deeply miss them.”
Smith mentioned on air that “under our agreement” with Fox News “I won’t be reporting elsewhere, at least not in the near future.”
“Whoa!” mentioned a clearly shocked Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto on the air after watching Smith’s sign-off.
“Like you I’m a little stunned and a little heartbroken, I don’t know what to say.”
Wallace mentioned in his personal assertion, “Shep is one of the premier newscasters of his generation and his extraordinary body of work is among the finest journalism in the industry.”
“While this day is especially difficult as his former producer, we respect his decision and are deeply grateful for his immense contributions to the entire network,” Wallace mentioned.
On Thursday, Trump known as Smith out by title on Twitter as he fumed over a Fox News ballot that confirmed a slight majority of voters favor impeachment and elimination of the president.
Trump has not hesitated to blast Smith up to now, whilst he praised others on Fox News.
A Morning Consult ballot final November discovered that Smith was the “least-loved Fox News personality” amongst Republicans.
Just 23% of Republicans had a positive view of Smith in that ballot, with 21% perceiving him unfavorably.
Carlson, in distinction, was the most well-liked Fox News host amongst Republicans, having a internet favorability of 31%.
In second place in that ballot was Laura Ingraham, one other Trump-supporting anchor with a night present.