Shepard Smith announced today that he will be departing Fox News Channel after working with the network for 23 years.
Smith was the ‘Chief News Anchor’ and ‘Managing Editor’ of the breaking news unit at the organization. He was also the anchor of ‘Shepard Smith Reporting’.
In a statement, Smith stated the following:
“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. 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.”Shepard Smith on Leaving Fox News
Smith’s last show was recorded at the 3 PM EST edition of Shepard Smith Reporting.
Smith previously anchored ‘The Fox Report’ and ‘Studio B’, which were both the number 1 cable news shows in their timeslots, according to TVNewser.
Jay Wallace, President & Executive Editor of FOX News Media, stated the following on Smith’s departure:
“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. We are proud of the signature reporting and anchoring style he honed at FOX News, along with everything he accomplished here during his monumental 23-year tenure. While this day is especially difficult as his former producer, we respect his decision and are deeply grateful for his immense contributions to the entire network.”Jay Wallace on Sheperd Smith’s departure
Smith worked at the network since its launch in 1996.
Fox News Network said that rotating anchors will host the 3 PM EST time slot until a new news program is announced.