Shepard Smith, a Fox News Channel veteran who tried to report events with a down-the-middle attitude despite the network’s political leanings, is leaving the cable-news outlet where he has held forth for years – in an abrupt move that caught even his colleagues by surprise.
Smith was one of the original hires at the Fox Corp.-owned network, which launched in 1996. He wrapped his last broadcast Friday afternoon. He was less than two years into a new “multi-year deal” he inked with Fox News in 2018.
“Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News and begin a new chapter. After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged,” Smith said in a statement. “The opportunities afforded this guy from small town Mississippi have been many. 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.”
He’ll fit in better with Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper.
His show was a speed bump in their line-up with consistently low ratings. Attacking Tucker Carlson on the air was probably the last nail in his coffin. Contrary to MSM media reports Shep was not popular with his co-workers and it had nothing to do with his politics.
I have never been home to watch Daytime TV of any kind but have recorded the odd Daytime News Program if it appears Breaking News is upcoming and that has included Smith and I have seen the odd report of his red broadcast .
From what little I have seen of him Smith is a Biased, Dishonest, Manipulator of the News .
FOX and Viewers are better off without him .
He is Truly Only a Legend in His Own Basement .
I agree, CNN should slot him in between FREDO and Le Mon .