Fox News host Shep Smith abruptly resigned Friday, saying at the end of his show that he would be stepping down effective immediately.
It sent Fox staff into a tailspin, and the internet quick to blame the parting on President Donald Trump’s latest attacks on Fox News hosts that don’t use his talking points as part of their reports.
Friday was also National Coming Out Day, where LGBTQ people come out of the closet to encourage LGBT! young people that they’re not alone. Smith was the only openly gay host on Fox News, which prompted fans and supporters online to lash out at the network. Though, some Smith advocates called it a good omen.
Smith said in his statement that he had asked for the two to part ways, specifically saying that Fox didn’t want him to but finally relented.
After Shep Smith’s removal from Fox News today. Anderson Cooper is only one Openly Gay News Anchor on a Major Network. The fact that it happened today, on #ComingOutDay, should be lost on no one.32:30 PM – Oct 11, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee KevinNoel’s other Tweets
Shep Smith resigning/being forced out of FOX on #ComingOutDay. Not lost on me, and it shouldn’t be lost on you. It’s all emblematic of really what we’re dealing with. As a community, and all disenfranchised communities. All people who value integrity and truth over power.21:26 PM – Oct 11, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee Francis’s other Tweets
@ShepNewsTeam is out at Fox News? Good on him. I guess #ComingOutDay works on more than closets. #shepsmith #FoxNews #GoGators11:52 PM – Oct 11, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee reggie mobley’s other Tweets
Oh happy day! #ShepSmith is leaving #FoxNews!
Anything else you want to announce today, @ShepNewsTeam ?#NationalComingOutDay #ComingOutDay @FoxNews191:25 PM – Oct 11, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee Angela Box’s other Tweets