Shepard Smith was a part of the Fox News team during the networks inception in 1996. He has built a reputation as a fair and honest journalist with a talent for breaking news. Since Donald Trump took the White House, though, he has frequently found himself at odds with the President.
Even with the criticism from Trump, it was a surprise to many when Smith announced he was leaving the network. Few were more surprised than his co-workers at Fox who expressed sadness over his departure and admiration of his work.
An obviously shaken Neil Cavuto received the news of Smith’s departure while on air. He told viewers, “A better newsman you probably cannot find. Again, a bigger, more emotionally connected to humankind, you cannot find. So Shepard, I don’t know what the heck you’re planning to do or where you go, but I just know you’ll be great at doing it and you deserve the best that life has to offer. I’m sorry if I’m a little shell-shocked here, but I’m gonna miss my buddy.”
Neil Cavuto and John Roberts clearly blind-sided by Shep Smith departure pic.twitter.com/36ijhC8th6
— Nicole Lafond (@Nicole_Lafond) October 11, 2019
John Roberts, who appeared on Cavuto’s show also weighed in. The correspondent said, “I’ve just been trying to compile my thoughts too, Neil. I walked out here to do the hit and suddenly got hit by a subway train. Holy mackerel.”
Sean Hannity, who has feuded with Smith in the past, also had kind words for his former colleague. He tweeted, “I’ve always said there is nobody better at breaking news than Shep Smith. He has always done great things and I know he will continue to do so. Looking forward to seeing Shep crush it in whatever he does next.”
I’ve always said there is nobody better at breaking news than Shep Smith. He has always done great things and I know he will continue to do so. Looking forward to seeing Shep crush it in whatever he does next.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) October 11, 2019