Fox News announced late Friday afternoon that Shepard Smith is leaving the network after 23 years.
“Even in our currently polarized nation, it’s my hope that the facts will win the day, that the truth will always matter, that journalism and journalist will thrive,” Smith said.
In a statement, Fox News president Jay Wallace said Smith will be stepping down from his role as chief news anchor and managing editor of the network’s breaking news unit.
“Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave FOX News and begin a new chapter,” Smith said in a statement. “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.”
While the statements from Fox News leadership and Smith are glowing, CNN’s Brian Stelter reported that the recent blowup with prime time host Tucker Carlson was a “breaking point” for Smith – mediate reports.
This comes days after Trump slammed Smith on twitter: