Long-time Fox News anchor Shepard Smith will be leaving the network after 23 years.
“Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave FOX News and begin a new chapter. After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged. The opportunities afforded this guy from small town Mississippi have been many,” Smith said in a statement obtained by The Daily Beast.
“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.”
“This is my last newscast here,” Smith said on his Friday show.
Jay Wallace, President & Executive Editor of Fox News Media, said in a statement that Smith is “one of the premier newscasters of his generation.”
“His integrity and outstanding reporting from the field helped put FOX News on the map and there is simply no better breaking news anchor who has the ability to transport a viewer to a place of conflict, tragedy, despair or elation through his masterful delivery,” Wallace added.
While working for a network long accused of holding a conservative bias, Smith gained a reputation for his willingness to go after President Donald Trump and his administration.
Last year, The Guardian declared, “Liberals love Fox News’s Shepard Smith,” a hint at the veteran anchor’s black sheep status on the network.
The approach earned him the ire of some of many of Trump’s supporters and conservatives. Smith even feuded with colleagues at Fox News.
The announcement comes just days after Fox News confirmed it had cut ties with Trey Gowdy, following reports the former Congressman was joining Trump’s legal team to serve as outside counsel amid an impeachment inquiry into the president.