Shepard Smith Has Left Fox News, And Now The Network Has Zero Gay Anchors
Fox News officially has no gay anchors on its network, following the announcement that Shepard Smith is leaving.
Shepard has asked the Fox News to break from his contract, which he had extended in 2018, in order to “begin a new chapter,” the reporter said in a statement from the network.
Until a new show is announced, the statement said that a rotating anchor will temporarily replace him in his 3 p.m. EST slot.
“After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged [my request to leave],” the anchor said. “The opportunities afforded this guy from small town Mississippi have been many. It’s been an honor and a privilege to report the news each day to our loyal audience in context and with perspective, without fear or favor.”
“I’ve worked with the most talented, dedicated and focused professionals I know and I’m proud to have anchored their work each day — I will deeply miss them,” he concluded.
Shepard started at Fox News in 1996. He came out as gay in 2017, becoming the only LGBTQ host on the network.
During his final sign off, Shepard touched on the divisive nature of the country, saying, “Even in our current polarized nation it’s my hope that facts will win the day, that the truth will always matter, that journalism and journalists thrive.”
Watch his last segment below: