In a surprise move last October, Shepard “Shep” Smith announced that he would be leaving Fox News after 23 years, according to RealClearPolitics. But while the longtime Fox anchor had promised he wouldn’t be “reporting elsewhere” anytime “in the near future,” it seems his brief hiatus has come to an end.
According to the Wall Street Journal, CNBC revealed Wednesday that Smith had signed with the network to host a weeknight program called The News with Shepard Smith.
The Journal reports that Smith’s new show will begin airing on CNBC this fall at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“I am honored to continue to pursue the truth, both for CNBC’s loyal viewers and for those who have been following my reporting for decades in good times and in bad,” the journalist said of the move, according to CNBC.
“The signal in all the noise”
It isn’t just Smith who is excited for the new opportunity, however. According to CNBC’s report, CNBC chairman Mark Hoffman predicted that Shep will be a welcome addition to the network’s lineup.
“We aim to deliver a nightly program that, in some small way, looks for the signal in all the noise,” Hoffman said, as CNBC reported. “We’re thrilled that Shep, who’s built a career on an honest fight to find and report the facts, will continue his pursuit of the truth at CNBC.”
According to Hoffman, Smith hopes to break through “all the noise” to tell what CNBC’s senior vice president of business news, Dan Colarusso, described as “rich, deeply reported stories across the entire landscape of global news.”
“Information is coming at us from every direction,” Hoffman said in a statement, according to the Journal. “If we’re not careful life-altering decisions will be made based on half-truth, rumor, misdirection or worse. We aim to deliver a nightly program that, in some small way, looks for the signal in all the noise.”
Tensions at “home”
Smith may find his new work home to be a better ideological fit for him than Fox; the anchor sometimes came into conflict with fellow Fox hosts like Tucker Carlson, who, unlike Smith, is a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump. In September 2019, The Hill covered an on-air dust-up between Carlson and Smith over comments made by guests on each of their shows.
Specifically, Smith condemned Carlson for not “challenging” former United States Attorney Joe diGenova when he criticized Fox legal analyst Andrew Napolitano. According to The Hill, Smith alleged that diGenova had been “attacking our colleague, who’s here to offer legal assessments on our air, in our work home.”
Carlson seemed unfazed by Smith’s words, and responded by mocking Smith’s outrage before having diGenova appear for a second time to reiterate his remarks, as The Hill noted.
Smith has also caught the ire of Trump himself; the president tweeted in August 2019 that “Fake News CNN is better than watching Shepard Smith.” And it seems the commander-in-chief’s opinion is unlikely to change with Smith’s latest career move.