Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, a frequent critic of Donald Trump, on Friday introduced that he was stepping down efficient instantly from the community after 23 years.
“Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News. After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged,” Mr Smith, stated in his remaining newscast. “Under our agreement I won’t be reporting elsewhere, at least in the near future, but I will be able to see more of Gio and [dog] Lucia and our friends and family, then we’ll see what comes along.” Gio Graziano is Mr Smith’s long-term boyfriend.
Mr Smith joined Fox News when the community started in 1996 and had served as chief information anchor and managing editor of the breaking information unit. He thanked the community on Friday, saying “the opportunities afforded this guy from small town Mississippi have been many.”
Mr Smith has been a frequent critic of Donald Trump and has additionally been a goal of the President’s assaults.
As lately as Thursday, Mr Trump tweeted that Fox News is “much different than it used to be in the good old days. With people like Andrew Napolitano, who wanted to be a Supreme Court Justice & I turned him down (he’s been terrible ever since), Shep Smith, @donnabrazile (who gave Crooked Hillary the debate questions & got fired from @CNN), & others, @FoxNews doesn’t deliver for US any more”.
On Friday, after listening to that Mr Smith was departing, the President steered he could also be leaving due to his rankings.
Mr Smith lately traded on-air barbs with conservative political commentator and Fox News host Tucker Carlson. The jousting started after Mr Smith stated it was “repugnant” that Mr Carlson had not defended Fox News contributor Andrew Napolitano after a visitor on his present known as the latter a “fool” for saying the President had damaged the legislation.
In his remaining sign-off, Mr Smith added: “Even in our currently polarised nation it’s my hope that the facts will win the day. That the truth will always matter. That journalism and journalists will thrive”.
In an announcement, Jay Wallace, president & govt editor of Fox News Media stated: “Shep is one of the premier newscasters of his generation and his extraordinary body of work is among the finest journalism in the industry.”
He added: “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.”
A sequence of rotating anchors will host the 3pm time slot till a brand new program is introduced, the corporate stated.