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On Friday, Fox News host Shepard Smith announced he would be leaving the network after 23 years. Smith, one of the network’s most prominent figures, said he had asked to leave and that his last day would be Friday.

Smith was one of the few Fox News personalities to often challenge the conservative views of other hosts, such as Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson. Smith’s departure comes as Fox News has become increasingly supportive of President Donald Trump, who has frequently criticized the network.

In his goodbye message, Smith said he was “eternally grateful” for the opportunity to work at Fox News. “I’ve worked with the most talented, dedicated, and focused professionals I know, and I’m proud to have anchored their work each day,” Smith said.

Smith’s departure from Fox News will leave a void in the network’s lineup. Smith’s show, “Shepard Smith Reporting,” was one of the network’s most popular programs, and he was often the only host to challenge the conservative views of other Fox News personalities.

Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott said in a statement that Smith had been an “integral part of FOX News since its inception.” She added that Smith had “always strived to educate viewers with context and perspective.”

Smith’s departure is sure to be felt by Fox News viewers, who have come to rely on his independent and often contrarian views. Smith’s departure is a reminder of the changing landscape of news media, and the impact of politics on the news industry.

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