Surprise, Shepard Smith Just Quit Fox News After 23 Years: Watch His Announcement
Shepard Smith just surprised viewers with an abrupt departure from Fox News. He quit the network after working there for 23 years, starting at the Fox News Channel in 1996. His last edition of Shepard Smith Reporting aired Friday, October 11. Based on his address to viewers, it was his decision to leave -- as opposed to being fired -- since he said he recently "asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News." He added that, "after requesting that I stay, they obliged." Per his contract, Smith said he won't be reporting anywhere else in the near future.
Watch Shepard Smith's full speech to viewers:
Shepard Smith, age 55, didn't reveal when he asked to leave Fox News or what exactly led to that decision. His departure came less than 48 hours after Attorney General Bill Barr held a meeting with News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch.
Jay Wallace, President & Executive Editor of Fox News Media, reacted to Shepard Smiths' departure with a statement (via Raw Story):
Here's a full transcript of Shepard Smith's parting words in his final broadcast for Fox News:
Fox News has been a cable ratings juggernaut but it's had its share of drama behind-the-scenes, and some will be showcased in the film Bombshell coming December 20.
Last year, Justice With Judge Jeanine host Jeanine Pirro had an episode pulled due to controversy, and Fox News fired a contributor after tweets related to the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Shepard Smith himself also apologized for Fox News several years ago when the team "messed up" and aired a violent suicide attempt instead of cutting away.
Meanwhile, this is a time of drama and change for TV news in general -- from new allegations against former Today Show anchor Matt Lauer to the much less controversial but still sad surprise TV departure of Nancy O'Dell from ET, among other recent shakeups behind-the-scenes. Meanwhile, keep up with everything still premiering on TV this fall with our handy 2019 schedule.
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