Shepard Smith is leaving Fox News

Shepard Smith is leaving Fox News

Fox News chief news anchor Shepard Smith shocked viewers and co-workers at the end of his show Friday when he announced he was leaving after 23 years.

Smith, who was also managing editor of the network's breaking news unit, has been one of the few senior journalists on Fox News to criticize Trump.

Such a departure, occurring suddenly on a Friday afternoon in the middle of an anchor's contract cycle, suggest a severe fissure between Smith and Fox management, though both sides spoke favorably of one another when announcing the exit. Smith was known for pointing out the foibles of the Trump administration in a way that often angered the president.

Smith says in a statement that he asked the company to let him leave.

In an interview with Time magazine in March 2018, Smith said that "they don't really have any rules on the opinion side. 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", he added in a statement released by Fox News. "While this day is especially challenging for both of us who have worked alongside him for 23 years, we respect his decision and are deeply grateful for his vast contributions to the entire network". This week Fox News correspondents covered big Syria developments on the program, including Steve Harrigan in Iraq reporting on the Turkish airstrikes and Jennifer Griffin in Washington covering the responses to and fallout from President Trump's decision.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Neil Cavuto on the set of his Fox News show on June 13, 2019. "While this day is especially hard as his former producer, we respect his decision and are deeply grateful for his vast contributions to the entire network".

"I've witnessed and reported on the events that shaped our reality". Tell me - I don't know. This has frequently drawn Trump's ire, and the president just yesterday complained about Smith in a tweet. "I am eternally grateful for the opportunity".

"Even in our now polarized nation, it's my hope that the facts will win the day".



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