FOX News host Shepard Smith ended his decades-long career on Friday when he announced his retirement from the network.
The 23-year FOX News veteran announced his retirement with tears in his eyes on Friday afternoon. The retirement was clearly a surprise based on the reaction of one of Smith’s closest co-workers, Neil Cavuto. Cavuto, whose show comes on right after Smith’s described the announcement as “shell shocking”, and said he was “shocked” and “heartbroken” by the announcement.
Shepard Smith made it clear in his announcement, which he looked ready to cry during, that he will not be working in the news at another network anytime soon. However, he did leave the possibility open of him returning to the industry in the future. He made it clear that the decision to retire was his own and that FOX News asked him to stay.
He also thanked his staff and his network for allowing him to report the news as he felt fit instead of forcing him to fit a narrative.
Smith famously covered many major world events in his career from the death of Princess Diana to the 2000 ballot-counting controversy in Florida to the tragedy at Columbine High School.
However, in recent days Shepard Smith and the News department at FOX have butted heads with the network’s Opinion department.
Sean Hannity went after Smith when he attempted to debunk the Uranium One scandal which alleged that Hillary Clinton profited off the sale of enriched uranium to Russia.
Show host Tucker Carlson took aim at Smith in 2019 for his defense of FOX News regular Judge Andrew Napolitano. Napolitano had been called a “fool” by a guest on Carlson’s show, which Smith referred to as “repugnant”.
Shepard Smith ended his final episode by saying:
“Even in our current polarized nation, it is my hope that the facts will win the day, that the truth will always matter, that journalism and journalists will thrive.”
Regardless of your political affiliation, I think most Americans would agree that we simply want to know the truth and be done with the partisan journalism on modern cable news networks.