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"Shepard Smith, the chief news anchor of Fox News whose reporting often drew the ire of President Trump, said on Friday that he was leaving the cable news network after 23 years, an abrupt move that left some of his co-workers openly stunned.

“Recently, I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News,” Mr. Smith told viewers at the close of his regular broadcast. “After requesting that I stay, they obliged.”

A fixture of Fox News, Mr. Smith joined the network as a correspondent at its start in 1996 and became one of its most visible journalists. He is leaving in the middle of his current contract, a rarity in the cutthroat television business, and he told viewers on Friday that, under his exit agreement, “I won’t be reporting elsewhere at least in the near future.”



Since Mr. Trump took office, Mr. Smith has stood out at Fox News for his tough coverage of the White House — a stark contrast from the Trump cheerleading often displayed by the network’s prime-time and morning-show commentators.

Mr. Smith’s reporting has sometimes frustrated Mr. Trump, who has repeatedly taunted the anchor on Twitter, referring to him as Fox’s “lowest rated anchor.” On Thursday, Mr. Trump cited Mr. Smith by name, along with the former Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, arguing that Fox News was “much different than it used to be in the good old days.”

Mr. Smith was so prominent a target in the president’s harangues that speculation emerged that the anchor’s departure was related to a meeting this week between Rupert Murdoch, the mogul who controls Fox News, and Mr. Trump’s attorney general, William Barr.

A spokesman for Mr. Smith, Chris Giglio, said there was no connection between that meeting and Mr. Smith’s exit from Fox News. “This was Shep’s decision and his alone,” Mr. Giglio wrote in an email." (More)
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