Will Ex-Fox News Anchor Shepard Smith Join MSNBC?

Tuesday January 14, 2020

A new report from The Daily Beasts claims that former Fox News host Shepard Smith, who is openly gay, is in talks to join MSNBC as the network plans a reshuffle of sorts.

The Daily Beast writes that MSNBC employees "are bracing for a major 2020 shakeup" with plans to move Chuck Todd's "ratings challenged" show to a morning slot and replacing him with a program anchored by Smith.

In October 2019, Smith abruptly left Fox News after being an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump. It was reported that he asked the network to let him out of his contract.

"Even in our currently polarized nation, it's my hope that the facts will win the day, that the truth will always matter, that journalism and journalists will thrive," he said.

In 2016, Smith came out as gay. In an interview with The Huffington Post, he defended former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, who was accused of sexual misconduct and assault. Smith was asked if Ailes prevented him from coming out as gay, but the journalist said that was "not true."

A source speaking with The Daily Beast about Smith's possible new gig at MSNBC said it was "unclear what slot he would take, but we'd want him in primetime."

"We are well aware [Jeff] Zucker [president of CNN] is also pursuing him, as are a number of the networks," the insider added.

Click here to read The Daily Beast's full report.

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