On Monday, Fox News announced their replacement for long-time anchor Shepard Smith, who abruptly resigned in October due to differences with the network.
According to Mediaite, the new person to take over the 3:00 p.m. slot is Bill Hemmer, deemed “a fan favorite” by many on social media.
Hemmer has been a co-host on America’s Newsroom, stating in a press release, “As a journalist, l am extremely grateful for this opportunity. 2020 will undoubtedly be a year of great significance. Leading our breaking news division with a signature hour has enormous value to me, personally, and to our audience. We’ve got a fantastic team here and I am excited to get to work.”
— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) December 9, 2019
Jay Wallace, the president and executive editor of the network, put out a statement affirming the promotion, saying, “Bill is an incredible newsman and his ability to cut to the heart of the story while humanizing major events has made him a standout talent in news. As we start gearing up for the 2020 election, we are thrilled to have him lead our news division through what will sure to be an eventful year.”
On October 11, Shepard Smith resigned from Fox News, sending the media world into shock — he had been on the network for over twenty years and reported across the globe.
Over the last few years, however, the long-time has grew increasingly irritated with President Donald Trump’s agenda and one can only speculate that Fox News’ pro-Trump sentiments were not appreciated by Smith.
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