Since his abrupt and dramatic departure from Fox News last year, Shep Smith has been keeping a low profile. But that may soon be changing.
The Daily Beast reports the 56-year-old out anchorman is getting ready to make a major comeback.
Smith has purportedly had meetings with MSNBC President Phil Griffin about a potential gig once his non-compete clause with Fox runs out. CNN’s Jeff Zucker is also said to be actively courting Smith, “as are a number of the networks.”
“It’s unclear what slot he would take, but we’d want him in primetime,” an MSNBC insider tells The Daily Beast.
Where Shep lands will likely boil down to which network is willing to meet his price tag, which is expected to be “considerable.”
Smith announced his immediate resignation from Fox News last October following months of head-butting with the network over its nauseating pro-Trump bent.
In his farewell statement, Smith said:
Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News and begin a new chapter. 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.
Though we haven’t always agreed with his political leanings, we are definitely curious to see what Shep Smith will do once he is fully unleashed from the fetters of Fox News.