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New York (CNN Business)In a stunning announcement, Shepard Smith said on his Friday show that after more than two decades at Fox News, he was stepping down as chief news anchor, and leaving the network.
“This is my last newscast here,” Smith said, adding that he was “eternally grateful” to Fox for the opportunities it has afforded him.
Smith said that he recently asked Fox to allow him to leave and begin a “new chapter.”
“After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged,” Smith said, adding that under the agreement reached he “won’t be reporting elsewhere, at least in the near future.”
Smith was the face of Fox’s news division which has recently found itself a remarkable state of conflict with the network’s opinion hosts and commentators. In the Trump era, and particularly in the last several weeks, the people working for the news division have seen their work undermined repeatedly by their opinion colleagues.
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