For the more conspiracy-minded, Attorney General William Barr's recent meeting with Fox head honcho Rupert Murdoch was damning evidence something more sinister was at work, suggesting Smith's frequently critical coverage of President Trump sealed his fate at Fox. "He is a supreme pro who made us all better", Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts tweeted on Friday.
CNN's Brian Stelter tonight talked about the stunning news of Shepard Smith's Fox News departure and the circumstances surrounding it. "It is so different than it use to be". Trump said to the press. Oh, that's a shame. When the President heard the news of Smith's exit, he said, "It was probably because of bad ratings".
Smith's show averaged almost 1.3 million viewers the last three months, the Nielsen company said.More news: Four killed, three injured in Brooklyn club shooting
Still, the network had nothing but high praise for Smith on his last day. Here's a clearly unsuspecting Covuto uttering a breathless "whoa" before saying that he's "a little stunned and heartbroken" immediately after the 3-to-4 p.m. handoff.
Smith, who has been with Fox News since it launched in 1996, told viewers at the end of his Friday broadcast that he asked management to be let out of his contract and that they "graciously obliged".
Later that night, Carlson asked his own analyst, Joseph diGenova, to comment and he called Napolitano a fool. "Attacking our colleague who's here to offer legal assessments on our air is repugnant", Smith said. Shepard Smith, as I said, just a few days ago on this very network - decent human being, a heart as big as Texas.More news: Second Person Has Died From Legionnaires' Outbreak At Mountain State Fair
"They can say whatever they want", he said. And I'm honored to have anchored their work each day.
President Donald Trump also stepped into the fray, musing to reporters that rather than resigning, Smith was sacked due to "bad ratings". His integrity and outstanding reporting from the field helped put FOX News on the map. "For journalists like Chris Wallace and Bret Baier, it's going to get even harder".
We will keep everyone informed once a new dayside news program is announced - until then, we are planning to have a series of rotating news anchors host the 3PM time slot which will now be entitled Fox News Reporting.More news: Apple, Google Remove Hong Kong Map After China Backlash