Shep Smith is out at Fox News. Today was his last day broadcasting his show. He did, of course, take one last shot at Trump but he will no longer have the platform at Fox to do so.
“This is my last newscast here,” Smith said today on his show. He added that he went to Fox News and said he wanted to start a new chapter. He was probably forced out – remember Bill Barr just met with Rupert Murdoch – we will find out what really happened soon as it will leak.
“After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged,” Smith said.
Smith added this last shot at Trump: “Even in our current polarized nation, it is my hope that the facts will win the day, that the truth will always matter, that journalism and journalists will thrive.”
Fox News chief news anchor Shepard Smith is leaving the conservative cable network after 23 years, it was announced Friday.
Smith’s appearance Friday on “Shepard Smith Reporting” was his last appearance on the network, according to Fox News.
Smith’s departure follows a report that he was warned last month by Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott and network president Jay Wallace not to criticize the network’s evening anchor, Tucker Carlson, again.
Smith had said on the air that it was “repugnant” for Carlson not speaking up in defense of Fox News contributor Andrew Napolitano after a Carslo guest called Napolitano a “fool” for saying that President Donald Trump had broken the law.
“Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News and begin a new chapter,” Smith said in a prepared statement issued Friday.
“After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged. The opportunities afforded this guy from small town Mississippi have been many,” Smith said.
“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.”
Shep Smith announces that today was his last show and he's leaving Fox News pic.twitter.com/JF28ub1js6
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) October 11, 2019