In an unexpected move, Shepard Smith announced that Friday was his last day hosting the weekday 3 pm hour on Fox News.
According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Fox News said that it was Smith's decision to leave the network after 23 years. He had reportedly inked a multi-year deal with Fox News in 2018, but obviously, Smith decided to go in a different direction with his career.
"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," Smith said.
Fox News President Jay Wallace released a statement concerning Smith's departure:
Shep is one of the premier newscasters of his generation and his extraordinary body of work is among the finest journalism in the industry. 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.
We are proud of the signature reporting and anchoring style he honed at Fox News, along with everything he accomplished here during his monumental 23-year tenure. 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.
Here's video of Smith's announcement during the closing segment of Friday's edition of "Shepard Smith Reporting":