While Smith was far from being the highest rated personality on Fox News, his straight-ahead approach to stories that often contradicted what viewers heard from its conservative commentators in prime time was a major source of credibility for the network.
In an interview with Time magazine in March 2018, Smith said that "they don't really have any rules on the opinion side". The opportunities afforded this guy from small town MS have been many.
Fox News president Jay Wallace issued a statement confirming the move, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "Shep is one of the premier newscasters of his generation and his extraordinary body of work is among the finest journalism in the industry. Oh well, I'm President!", Trump lamented after a Fox News poll showed 51 percent of Americans in favor of impeachment and his removal from office.
"While this day is especially hard as his former producer, we respect his decision and are deeply grateful for his vast contributions to the entire network", Wallace said.
"Whoa", Cavuto said. "Like you, I'm a little stunned". "At Columbine, Katrina, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, 9/11, and every life altering event along the way", according to Daily Caller.
Shepard Smith is leaving Fox News after 23 years.
Smith, 55, said he is not retiring, although his agreement with Fox will forbid him from working elsewhere "at least in the near future".
The next day, Smith said that "attacking our colleague who is here to offer legal assessments, on our air, in our work home, is repugnant". After requesting that I stay, they obliged.
To the audience, Cavuto said, "So I'm sorry if I'm a little shellshocked here, but I'm going to miss my buddy". That journalism and journalists will thrive.