Shepard Smith ended his show Friday with the announcement that he was leaving the Fox News Channel.
The Chief News Anchor and Managing Editor of the breaking news unit and anchor of Shepard Smith Reporting began at Fox News before the network was even on the air – 23 years ago. He said he recently asked to be able to leave.
Shep Smith announces that today was his last show and he's leaving Fox News pic.twitter.com/JF28ub1js6
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“Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave FOX News and begin a new chapter,” Smith said. “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.”
He mentioned stories from Columbine to 9/11 to wars and other history-making events he’s covered over his time at Fox. He did not say what he plans to do next.
“Even in our currently polarized nation, it’s my hope that the facts will win the day, that the truth will always matter, that journalism and journalists will thrive,” Smith said.
Neil Cavuto, taking over after Smith announced his departure, seemed stunned and took a minute to recover after the announcement.