President Donald Trump responded to the news that Shepard Smith is leaving Fox News Channel while speaking with reporters on Friday.
Earlier today, it was announced that Smith, who has been at Fox News since 1996, will leave the network at the end of his broadcast Friday afternoon.
“I don’t know, is he leaving? Oh, that’s a shame. Wait, did I hear Shepard Smith is leaving? Is he leaving because of bad ratings? Tell me, I don’t know! He had terrible ratings. Is he leaving because of his ratings? I mean if he’s leaving, I assume he’s leaving because he had bad ratings. He had the worst ratings on Fox. Why is Shepard Smith leaving?” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn as he was leaving for Louisiana.
He also added that he wishes Smith well.
Shep Smith’s show had an average audience larger than the competing programs on MSNBC, and CNN during this year’s third quarter.
The Fox News anchor and Trump have traded jabs at one another during the past few months. On Thursday, Trump slammed Smith and other Fox News personalities who are perceived to be more liberal.
“From the day I announced I was running for President, I have NEVER had a good @FoxNews Poll. Whoever their Pollster is, they suck. But @FoxNews is also much different than it used to be in the good old days. With people like Andrew Napolitano, who wanted to be a Supreme….,” he tweeted. “…Court Justice & I turned him down (he’s been terrible ever since), Shep Smith, @donnabrazile (who gave Crooked Hillary the debate questions & got fired from @CNN), & others, @FoxNews doesn’t deliver for US anymore. It is so different than it used to be. Oh well, I’m President!”