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Shep Smith breaks his silence about why he left Fox News

January 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Jane Skinner visits "Shepard Smith Reporting" at Fox News Channel Studios on September 17, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)

Shep Smith, who left Fox News in October 2019 while in the middle of a three-year contract, has remained largely silent about his departure -- until an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour that aired Tuesday.

New York (CNN Business)Shep Smith, who left Fox News in October 2019 while in the middle of a three-year contract, has remained largely silent about his departure -- until an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour that aired Tuesday.

Smith, now host of the nightly show "The News with Shepard Smith" at 7 pm ET on CNBC, told Amanpour that his presence on Fox became untenable as opinion shows on the network spread falsehoods that hosts knew were lies.

Smith, who joined Fox News at its inception in 1996, said he was proud of the work he did at the network, hosting a daytime news show that was increasingly at odds with what was being aired on Fox's opinion shows.

Smith felt that by sticking with Fox News, he could counteract falsehoods spread by Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham and other prime-time hosts.

Smith thought depriving viewers of news and replacing it with opinions "felt a little selfish," he added.

"I stuck with it for as long as I could," Smith said.

Smith told Amanpour that he continues to be disturbed by what is reported on Fox.

"I don't know how some people sleep at night," Smith said of the Fox News employees who knowingly spread falsehoods.

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