Shepard Smith leaving Fox News

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Shepard Smith leaving Fox News
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Shepard Smith leaving Fox News
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Earlier today, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith announced his departure from the network. The announcement came live on air, as Smith informed viewers that today will be his final show. Smith’s exit reportedly comes in response to his repeated criticism of the Trump administration, in addition to backstage turmoil with fellow Fox News personality Tucker Carlson.

“I’ve worked with the most talented, dedicated and focused professionals I’ve ever known,” Smith told his viewers. “I’ll miss them and our time together greatly.”

Smith clarified that he chose to leave the network and was not being forced out. “Recently, I asked the company to allow me to leave,” Smith said. “After requesting that I stay, they obliged.”

Former Fox News reporter Carl Cameron praised Smith’s time with the outlet and defended his decision to leave. “He’s a warrior and he stayed in the war longer than anybody should have,” Carlson said in response to the news. “We both would reassure ourselves that authentic, factual news was a way to distinguish ourselves in what was becoming an increasingly more and more partisan network.”

Smith has been with Fox News since the network’s inception in 1996. The 55-year-old journalist has been a frequent target of President Trump, with the president often lobbing the criticism via Twitter. According to Smith’s farewell comments, it’s likely the former Fox News personality will be hosting another show on a competing network in the not too distant future.

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