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Shepard Smith Announces Split with Fox News Friday

Photo by Alex Kroke / Fox News.

Shepard Smith, Chief Fox News Anchor, who attended the University of Mississippi, announced on Friday he was leaving the news network after 23 years.

“Recently, I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News,” Mr. Smith told viewers at the close of his regular broadcast. “After requesting that I stay, they obliged.”

Fox News released a statement earlier today saying Smith will step down from his role as chief news anchor and managing editor of the network’s breaking news unit and anchor of “Shepard Smith Reporting.”

Today was Smith’s final show.

Born in Holly Springs, Smith He attended Marshall Academy and then went on to attend the University of Mississippi, where he studied journalism but left two credits away from graduation. He frequently returns to the university during college football season and delivered the university’s annual commencement address on May 10, 2008.

Smith joined the network as a correspondent at its start in 1996. He is leaving in the middle of his current contract that was renewed in 2018. He told viewers on Friday that under his exit agreement, “I won’t be reporting elsewhere at least in the near future.”

According to national news reports, two weeks ago, Smith clashed with Tucker Carlson when an analyst on Smith’s program, Andrew Napolitano, said that it was a crime for President Trump to solicit aid for his campaign from a foreign government, in this case, the Ukraine. Later that night, Carlson asked his own analyst, Joseph diGenova, to comment and he called Napolitano a fool.

The next day, Smith said that “attacking our colleague who is here to offer legal assessments, on our air, in our work home, is repugnant.”

Smith signed off his newscast adding, “Even in our current polarized nation, it is my hope that the facts will win the day, that the truth will always matter, that journalism and journalists will thrive.”

A series of rotating anchors will host the 3PM/ET time slot until a new dayside news program is announced.

Hottytoddy.com staff report

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