The long-time face of Fox News daytime news reporting is stepping down. Shepard Smith, who has held the 3pm weekday slot at Fox News as their Chief News Anchor and Managing Editor of the network’s breaking news unit, is leaving the company after 23 years.
Shepard Smith's last monologue as a Fox News anchor:
"This is my last newscast here. Thank you for watching today and over the decades as I traveled to many of your communities and anchored this program, Studio B, and Fox report, plus endless marathon hours of breaking news." pic.twitter.com/LMfyfBJCxd
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 11, 2019
“Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave FOX News and begin a new chapter,” Smith said. “After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged. 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.”
Smith has been heralded by journalists and viewers alike over the years, but has come under scrutiny from conservatives, including the President, who believe his brand of reporting has shifted away from the network’s pro-Republican stance. As a news anchor, this is understandable since he is not supposed to be biased, but clashes with the opinion side of the business in recent months has likely prompted this move.
Fox News president Jay Wallace said in a statement: “Shep is one of the premier newscasters of his generation and his extraordinary body of work is among the finest journalism in the industry. His integrity and outstanding reporting from the field helped put Fox News on the map and there is simply no better breaking news anchor who has the ability to transport a viewer to a place of conflict, tragedy, despair or elation through his masterful delivery.”
Conservatives on Twitter responded immediately:
So is he going to MSNBC or CNN? Place your bets! https://t.co/ubH6uOiQvl
— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) October 11, 2019
Get the hell out Shepard Smith!
Good riddance! pic.twitter.com/wDOnl77h0I
— CHIZ ?? (@CHIZMAGA) October 11, 2019
I don’t think anyone will really miss Shep Smith. I know I turned Fox off as soon as he came on.
— Beth Baumann (@eb454) October 11, 2019
He will not be missed by those who love America and the Truth. pic.twitter.com/txxpJWvcxe
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) October 11, 2019
Ding dong the Shep is gone. Bye Bye Shepard Smith.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) October 11, 2019
This isn’t really a great loss for Fox News and gives them the opportunity to bring in someone who isn’t afraid to call out Democrats more. The question now is, will they take advantage of the open time slot or give it to another progressive?
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