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Shepard Smith out at Fox News

LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 248 -- Pictured: (l-r) Fox New’s Shepard Smith during an interview with host Seth Meyers on August 17, 2015 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Longtime Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is leaving the network. Friday’s show was his last.

“Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News and begin a new chapter,” Smith said in a statement. “After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged. The opportunities afforded this guy from small town Mississippi have been many. It’s been an honor and a privilege to report the news each day to our loyal audience in context and with perspective, without fear or favor. I’ve worked with the most talented, dedicated and focused professionals I know and I’m proud to have anchored their work each day — I will deeply miss them.”

Smith’s 3 p.m. time slot will be filled by a “series of rotating anchors” until a new show is announced, according to a Fox News spokesperson.

Jay Wallace, President & Executive Editor of FOX News Media, called Smith’s 23-year career at Fox News “extraordinary.”

“There is simply no better breaking news anchor who has the ability to transport a viewer to a place of conflict, tragedy, despair or elation through his masterful delivery,” he said. “We are proud of the signature reporting and anchoring style he honed at FOX News, along with everything he accomplished here during his monumental 23-year tenure. While this day is especially difficult as his former producer, we respect his decision and are deeply grateful for his immense contributions to the entire network.”

This is a developing story.

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