The ex-Fox News talking head for 23 years left the station because he really did NOT fit there anymore…
He will start a new job over at CNBC….
Mr. Smith, the former Fox News chief news anchor with an easy Mississippi lilt, abruptly left his television home of 23 years last October after clashing with one of the channel’s conservative stars and relentless taunts from President Trump, who denounced Mr. Smith for his skeptical coverage.
In the end, it was Mr. Smith’s decision to step away. Colleagues were stunned, but friends said he had grown disillusioned by the direction of the network — a frustration compounded when the Fox News prime time host Tucker Carlson mocked him on-air — and the disconnect between its pro-Trump punditry and the reporting generated by its newsroom.
Speaking recently from his Hamptons summer home, Mr. Smith, who returns to television on Wednesday as the host of a nightly newscast on CNBC, declared a renewed focus on “the facts, the truth, the news,” adding, “It’s a complicated time with so much information and along with it, disinformation, and we just want to just cut through the noise.”….
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