WATCH: Fox News' Shep Smith — a rare Trump critic on the network — abruptly announces he's leaving

WATCH: Fox News' Shep Smith — a rare Trump critic on the network — abruptly announces he's leaving
Fox News

Fox News host Shep Smith, one of the most prominent Trump-critical voices at the network, is leaving his position, he announced on Friday.


"This is my last newscast here," Smith said at the end of his Friday show."It's been an honor and my pleasure."

"Even in our polarized nation, it's my hope that the facts will win the day," he added.

Neil Cavuto, another Fox host, was apparently surprised by the development. He audibly said the word "whoa" as Smith was handing off, according to the Washington Post's Erik Wemple.

This comes just days after Attorney General Bill Barr met with Rupert Murdoch, the founder of Fox News' parent company News Corp, according to the New York Times. President Donald Trump has been vocally critical of Fox News in recent days and has long despised Smith for his critical coverage.

Smith said that he had recently asked Fox if he could leave. He said the company initially resented, but then "obliged." Smith had previously feuded on-air with host Tucker Carlson.

"Shep Smith cared deeply about having a newscast on Fox that countered the opinion shows that dominate the network," said CNN Brian Stelter. "He felt he was doing something critically important. Now he's suddenly walking away. And we haven't heard the half of it yet."

#story_page_post_article

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.