Most people who watch Fox News are well-aware of the liberal hosts who use their shows to bash President Donald Trump.
But things kicked up a notch recently after one of the network’s biggest names used his program to go viciously go after the president.
Two weeks after reports surfaced that Fox News’ senior management told anchor Shepherd Smith to stop attacking Trump so much, the left-wing host quit on Friday.
Smith resigned effective immediately on Friday afternoon from his role as Chief News Anchor and Managing Editor of Fox News’ breaking news unit.
Smith said he told Fox News to release him from his contract, which basically means he quit and is walking away.
“Recently, I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News,” Smith said. “After requesting that I stay, they obliged. Under our agreement, I won’t be reporting elsewhere, at least in the near future. … This is my last newscast here.”
Today brought about a little shock for us here at #FoxNews as our colleague Shepard Smith announced it would be his last broadcast. We wish him nothing but the best– View his goodbye below: pic.twitter.com/LB9DFZetBb
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) October 11, 2019
Smith quitting live on air Friday afternoon came just weeks after a bombshell report that management at Fox News are experiencing what sources called a “Trump identity crisis” over Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky back in July.
A so-called “whistleblower” filed a complaint alleging potential illegal actions took place.
On this call, Trump reportedly asked the Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, over shady business dealings with a Ukrainian gas company.
This led to a major feud on-air between Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Shepherd Smith.
Vanity Fair reports that sources who took part in the meeting said that Fox warned Smith to stop attacking Trump and his colleagues or he could be fired.
Here’s what Vanity Fair reported:
The schism was evident this week as a feud erupted between afternoon anchor Shepard Smith and prime-time host Tucker Carlson.
It started Tuesday when Fox legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano told Smith on-air that Trump committed a “crime” by pressuring Ukraine’s president to get dirt on Biden. That night, Carlson brought on former Trump lawyer Joe diGenova, who called Napolitano a “fool” for claiming Trump broke the law.
Yesterday, Smith lashed back, calling Carlson “repugnant” for not defending Napolitano on air. (Trump himself is said to turn off Fox at 3 p.m., when Shep Smith airs.)
Seeking to quell the internecine strife before it carried into a third day, Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott and president Jay Wallace communicated to Smith this morning to stop attacking Carlson, a person briefed on the conversation said.
“They said if he does it again, he’s off the air,” the source said.
The timeline seems to add up.
The Vanity Fair report was published on Sept. 26. Smith quit on Oct. 11.
That’s just over two weeks.
Fox warned Smith to stop attacking his colleagues and going after Trump on his program.
It seems as if Smith did not agree to stop doing that, so he informed them that he would be putting in his “2-weeks notice.”
And now, arguably the most liberal anchor at Fox News is out.