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CNN President Jeff Zucker said that he’d be interested in hiring Shepard Smith once his Fox News contract expires.

Smith left Fox News after 23 years with the network earlier this month, but is not allowed to appear on another network for the duration of his contract.

“I think Shep’s a great journalist,” Zucker said at CNN’s Citizen conference, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “When he’s available, he is somebody who is very talented and I would be very open to talking to him.”

Smith was one of Fox News’ original hires in 1996 and also served as manager of the network’s breaking news unit before his departure.

The 55-year-old news anchor also hosted “Shepard Smith Reporting” at the 3 P.M. E.T. time slot for 17 years before his exit. Over the past few years, Smith received significant criticism from President Donald Trump as well as the network’s conservative viewers.

When told of Smith’s departure earlier this month, Trump mocked the anchor, and suggested that he had been forced out due to “bad ratings.”

“Is he leaving because of bad ratings? Tell me, I don’t know,” the president said at the time. “If he’s leaving, I assume he’s leaving because he had bad ratings.”

4 COMMENTS

  1. Shep was asked to leave fox fake news because he tells the truth, which is what hes supposed to do as a journalist.
    Actually, CNN is the most honored news channel in the world; it took a hit in the USA because some people actually believe Trumps OVER 10,000 proven lies since he took office. FOX has been taken off the air in the UK, because the people are educated, and not interested in hearing paid political propaganda .
    My friends in Australia say that Fox is shown there on a hard to find cable channel, and they find it laughable. It’s sad that so many people watching Fox really dont know what’s going on in the world.

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