Why Shep Smith Left His $15 Million a Year Gig at Fox News


Shep Smith announced on his show this afternoon that he is leaving Fox News. And that was it. With no fanfare, Friday was his last day.

CNN’s Brian Stelter knows why he left — he says. A well-placed source told him the reasons he left — the opinion hosts and Donald Trump.

Last month, Shep Smith decided that he had simply had enough due to the pro-Trump opinion hosts, according to Stelter.

The news took his co-workers Neil Cavuto and Bret Baier and others by surprise. A number of people were shocked and saddened by his departure. The Trump hater had a lot of supporters at Fox News.

Stelter says Smith’s distress was because a huge chunk of Fox is aligned with President Trump and his alleged distortions of the truth. Smith thought he was getting the truth out to counteract their alleged lies.

“I wonder,” he told a Time magazine reporter last year, “if I stopped delivering the facts, what would go in its place in this place that is most-watched, most-listened, most-viewed, most-trusted? I don’t know.”

Shep Smith is delusional if he thinks he was delivering facts. His Trump hatred blinded him to facts and real reporting. He was very biased.

According to Stelter, Shep went to Fox management and asked to be let out of his contract. He couldn’t stand the tension with the opinion shows, he said, as Stelter puts it.

Last month, he had a very public twitter dispute with Tucker Carlson after Shep and Judge Napolitano claimed the President definitely committed crimes by talking with the Ukraine President. That has turned out to be wrong. The transcript proved otherwise.

Tucker called him out at the time and Smith expressed his fury on air.

The executives allegedly wanted Smith to stay but he was done.

On Friday afternoon he announced his departure on the air, then exited the building immediately, clearly emotional about saying goodbye to his television home of twenty-three years.

“Our leader walked,” a Fox correspondent said on condition of anonymity. “This place is devoid of clear leadership.”

Oh great, he was the leader and a role model. Sad that staffers at CNN would think of him as the leader.

Stelter’s writing a book and claims to have spoken with frustrated staffers who find it challenging to cover the news inside a network “defined by sycophantic pro-Trump personalities like Sean Hannity.”

That’s from a serious sycophant. Who can forget how Stelter lavished praise on Michael Avenatti, telling him he was a viable presidential candidate.

Shep wasn’t happy on and off-air, Stelter said.

That makes a lot of us. Fox viewers, for the most part, couldn’t stand him.

His allies said it got to be too much for him.

Stelter mentioned other Fox reporters and personalities who left including Carl Cameron. Cameron, as it turns out, is progressive and has set up a far-left version of Drudge to get the socialist news out.

Smith made $15 million a year and was supposed to be the managing editor, handling the breaking news. He found himself marginalized more and more in the age of Trump, Stelter said.

Perhaps he was marginalized because he was awful.

Stelter is trying to create a glorious image around Shep. He allegedly quoted a former colleague saying it wasn’t “about the money anymore. It’s about saying he’s holding down the mantle of journalism.”

Another source challenged the suggestion that Smith ever cared primarily about the paycheck: “It’s never been about the money for Shep. It’s about the truth.”

That’s all laughable. He may think it’s the case, but it’s not.

Shep’s show was the lowest-rated in the Fox lineup because he was awful.

Maybe Shep will find himself on one of the many unfriendly Trump networks.

To his credit, he left gracefully.

Fox News will rotate anchors in Shep’s place in the short term.

President Trump thinks Smith left due to poor ratings.



  1. Thank you Shep Smith you made me sick and the same goes for Chris Wallas I stopped watching TV with there bias reporting but they thought they where great. finally gone. Thank you

  2. He was asked to leave because of his personality and anti=
    Trump viriol which resulted in very few watching him. Low ratings as President Trump commented. Bottom line.

  3. Buy Shep, don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out. Maybe Chris Wallace can leave too and you can both work on crooked Hillary’s 2020 campaign. That would be great!

  4. Smith was pathetic to watch after a muslim jihad attack, which happened often during the eight Obama years. Digressing, ever wonder why under Obama there was an islam terror attack on the US every four months, but during Trump’s presidency there has not been one for three years?

    Anyway, Smith would refuse to say the name of the muslim perpetrator for “fear of causing a backlash” against muslims. Funny, we are the victim, but Smith treated the perps like the victims.

    Plus his shrill anti-Trump irrational false reporting. Just too much to bear watching. I am so so so glad he is gone. I hope he takes Napolitano with him, another far left goon of a lawyer.

  5. Shep a legend in his own delusional mind, probably land a gig on CNN, after writing a tell all book and having Hollywood or HBO do a movie or series on his heroic ventures on the enemy Fox News

  6. 15 million , are you serious? this guy wasn’t worth 1. If he got a quarter of 1 he would still be over paid. Glad he is gone. It’s people like him who have destroyed the news because their Hate was so deep it just are away at their sanity. They are blatantly biased and not afraid to let everyone know.
    He talks about getting the truth out. and everyone of his anti Trump stories were debunked with in hours after he would report them. sometimes it would be a left wing news site that would debunk his truth.
    Fox should be suing him for that money . Anyway,it made for a good news story,I was glad to see him go.

  7. We have a TV subscription to The Blaze. Two of the talk show hosts (And there are many shows); Glenn Beck and Steve Deace, are not enamored with Pres Trump, however, they have repeatedly defended his policies and against the cabal of traitors trying to bring him down. One doesn’t have to be a “sycophant” to defend and argue the defensible and criticize the AmerikanPravda. That would be striving to maintain critical thought and objectivity. Something that Smith and others at FNC eagerly threw into the journalistic trash can.

    • Maybe I’ll check The Blaze out too. FOX has been going down hill lately. Other than a few of the talk show hosts, I no longer watch it.

  8. I stopped watching this guy when he reported on Hurricane Katrina. He mixed rumors with facts continually and never apologized for his biased reporting. He continually attacked the administration for not providing aid while giving the New Orleans mayor and Louisiana governor little blame.

  9. Trump being elected with agenda of personal freedom, more jobs, fair trade deals, fewer regulations, and America first was a reality shock for some people, shaking them out of their fantasy world.

  10. This pompous in-your-face sodomite will end up with another high paying gig somewhere where he will be adored. Good riddance, now I hope they have a cleansing of his desk and chair.

  11. I heard (on CNN so it might be a lie) Smith has a no-compete clause so he’s probably not jumping over to CNN/MSNBC soon.


  13. I could not stand the biased chump I have quit fox news don’t watch them at all I don’t watch Hannity anymore just because he is on Fox .have not watched them since the blond bimbo tried to take Trump out when he was still just one of the twenty seven that were running.

  14. More like someone had some very disconcerting photos of his private life and threatened to expose the deviant little snake for the wacko he is in his private life as well as his public life.

    • Me thinks you nailed it. Shepboy on video in an Eifel Tower 3 some being pegged by Napoleontano and spit roasted by Chrissy Wallass.

  15. The only thing I remember from him was when President Trump made his tweet saying that Obama had spied on him. I never forgot the expression of Shep when he read it, then turned into the camera with a PAINED look, really anguished, almost whining, and said: TRA IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE! It took a year of investigations from real reporters to prove that it was totally true, what is known today as Spygate.

  16. Never watched U because you were so obvious. Run fast so the door doesn’t hit you in the flank! And I thought actors, sports, etc. were grossly overpaid!

  17. Before Trump I could come home for lunch and watch the Shep news hour and catch up on everything that was happening in the world then suddenly it turned into a red-faced, snarling, spitting Shep parsing and ‘fact-checking” every word from Trump’s mouth and “here’s why he’s a liar, blahblahblah,” and it ruined everything. I started watching OAN every day and the little-network-that-could grew on me.

  18. I find it highly suspicious that Barr visits Murdoch and the next day Shep Smith is gone. Stelter’s claims are just a smoke screen to cover the real reason Smith left.

  19. Thank you Fox. I will not miss his hatred and snide remarks. Fox has had a major drop off of talent. Like to see Wallace pack up and leave as well. Mr. flannel mouth has long outlived his time. It is time for Fox to clean house. Sad to see Ryan as director complete loser. Donna Brasile gives answers to questions to Clinton and now is on Fox. That is about as low as you can get.

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