Shepard Smith out at Fox
Shepard Smith, who many considered one of the more news-focused personalities of Fox announced he is leaving the network, effective immediately.
- Smith had been with the Fox cable network that carried his “Shepard Smith Reporting” show since it launched in 1996.
- He would go on to anchor “Studio B” and “The Fox Report.”
- In 2013, he inked a three year contract extension that made him chief news anchor and managing editor of a new breaking news division.
- This also included him becoming host of “Shepard Smith Reporting” in the 3 p.m. eastern timeslot.
- The network built a “News Deck” set for him that he used, with minor modifications, until his final broadcast Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.
- In a surprise farewell statement to viewers at the end of Friday’s show, Smith said he approached Fox management requesting out.
- He had just renewed his contract in 2018.
- Fox then agreed to release him from his contract, though it appears there is a noncompete clause.
- However, reports from insiders have said that an increasing division has grown within the network of mostly pro-Trump personalities.
- Smith, while not necessarily anti-Trump, has been known for calling out lies and misstatements, much to the disdain of other Fox stars.
- Until a new program is developed, Fox will fill the timeslot with rotating hosts.