Fox News Host Shep Smith Goes On “Planned Vacation” After Attacks From Laura Ingraham And Sean Hannity

The Hill reports:

Fox News chief news anchor Shepard Smith announced Friday afternoon he was taking a “previously-planned one-week vacation” and joked that when he returns “everything will be peachy-keen & hunky-dory.”

The announcement comes just hours after fellow Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham slammed Smith as “clueless” about what the opinion side of the network does and for making “inconsiderate and inaccurate” statements about prime-time Fox programs.

Smith had previously said the opinion hosts on his network “don’t have rules” and are just meant for entertainment. “We work for different reporting chains, we have different rules. They don’t really have rules on the opinion side. They can say whatever they want. If it’s their opinion.”

CNN reports:

The eye-popping tweets were prompted by comments Smith provided to Time magazine for a story that was published on Thursday.

In the story, Smith was sharply critical of the Fox News opinion bloc. He said the hosts on the opinion side “don’t really have rules” they need to follow, and remarked that some of the opinion programming on Fox News “is there strictly to be entertaining.”

The longtime Fox News anchor even suggested he doesn’t trust “Fox & Friends,” the network’s flagship morning show, to report the news accurately, saying, “I try to find out what’s happening, as opposed to just listening to what they’re saying.”

  • The_Wretched

    Bye Shep. Grats on being the sanest of that bunch.

    • Strepsi

      BUT of course whenever they are slapped with a defamation suit or something they turn 180 degrees and say “It’s just opinion!” so basically anyone wanting to sue them SAVE THESE TWEETS.

      It’s basically like how the Trump white house says one week “He’s not doing press conferences because Twitter is his official communication channel” and the next week says “OH that’s a personal account!”

      Y’all are all fuckers.

  • AW

    One is flying out of the cookoo’s nest.

  • Lazycrockett

    Not a good sign, Bill never came back from his.

    • Longpole

      That’s because Maxine Waters got Bill fired.

      • Lazycrockett

        Reclaiming her Time!!

      • Judas Peckerwood

        Well yeah, but only on George Soros’s orders.

        • Marc: The Social Gadfly

          Still hasn’t paid her.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Lazycrockett

      “What if our politicians weren’t the bitch of the NRA”!!!!

      Preach it.

    • mpatreyu

      I love this!

  • safari

    Shep’ll do well at NBC.

    • bkmn

      But not on the Today show, it takes time for him to get his face on.

      • Christopher

        People still watch the Today Show?

    • Cuberly Deux

      No joke, earlier this week he signed a multi year contract renewal for fox.

  • Dom Saunders

    Political views he doesn’t share? I thought Shep was a Republican along with Hannity and Horseface Ingraham?

  • safari

    O/T: Yesterday we learned about the Russians having access to our power plant control systems. Today we found another dead Russian in Britain. On the way home NPR was playing a story about… the Russia farm to table movement?

    • Lizard

      That was…weird.

      Good rebuttal for the bullshit about NPR leaning too far left, though.

    • UrsusArctos 🐻

      Is the Russia farm to table movement called “Back to Serfdom”?

    • ChrisMorley

      Nikolai Glushkov died on Monday. The pathologist has just concluded he died from compression to the neck, suggesting he may have been strangled by hand or ligature.

      So today, the police in London launched their murder investigation.

  • rcdcr

    It IS rather hilarious that Hannity and Ingraham would even for 1 second consider themselves journalists.

    Guessing Foxerosexuals don’t like being called out on their bullshit by a gay man?

    • safari

      There was a tweet I posted earlier today wherein Hannity declares that he is in fact not a journalist.

      This crowd just makes outrage up as they go along.

  • Todd20036

    Tough break Shemp. You lie down with dogs, you wake up with fleas. You may be saner than most at Fox, but you’re still a republican and still voted for Trump.

  • another_steve

    I don’t watch Fox. For those who do…what’s the story?

    He’s their token fairy or something?

    • safari

      He’s their daytime anchor during the “news” part of their programming.

      • another_steve

        Does he suck cock?

        • safari

          He is 54 and has a 30 year old boyfriend.

          • another_steve

            Well, at my age I would never pass up on the opportunity to suck a 30 year old’s cock.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    “While Shep is a friend…” “Always liked Shep”

    “What are ‘the last words Shepard Smith heard before the knives were jammed in his back’?, Alex.”

    • Joe in PA

      Exactly…I thought …with friends like these…

  • Natty Enquirer

    Sean and Laura ought to team up. They could call it In-Annity.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      Or “The Aristocrats”.

      • carrot festival


    • Longpole


  • Boreal

    With friends like them……………………………………………………….

  • Cuberly Deux

    “The hard working team at cattywampus circus does real propagandizing, develops wing-nut sources and scores echo-chamber interviews. Very proud of them.”

  • safari

    Can we all just decide this bickering started because Time ran a long-form piece on him titled “Shepard Smith Has the Hardest Job on Fox News”?

  • I guess I don’t really care about bickering between a passel of overrated overpriced bobbleheads on tv entertainment channels and “their opinions ” assuming they even generate their own. Sucking up to right wing billionaires who write your paycheck isn’t hard.

    If you work in today’s right wing media, you are already guilty and deserve… bad things. Which I am happy to provide.

  • TheSeer

    “he is clueless about what we do every day.”

    Treason is what you do every day.

  • Devon Rodriguez

    Sean Handjob has a live mike feed in his ear from Russia 24/7.

    “OK, Comrade. Now tell those stupid Amerikaners this…”

  • Devon Rodriguez

    Hannity et al are not clueless. They know exactly what they are doing. Their audiences are the clueless ones– by design

    • Belthazar

      Willful ignorance!

  • AtticusP

    That’s right, Shep. How dare you question Trump’s minions as they spread his propaganda?

    What else is Fox “news“ good for?

  • JHunter
  • Cuberly Deux

    Sooooooo basically Lumpy and Frau Blucher went to management, threw a fit. The result being.

    “Eff zee attitudes don’t nicht improve, vee vill commence mit zee beatinks JAH?”

  • Devon Rodriguez

    Why does Fox even report the news?
    They’re an entertainment channel.
    Just put shills on 24/7.
    The groupies would love it

    • safari

      I thought they had like 4-6PM declared actual news.

  • Devon Rodriguez
  • bkmn

    The asshole in Maine is dropping out of the race.

    • mpatreyu


    • carrot festival

      Peace and quiet…try treatment you sick fuck.

      • fastlanestranger

        Or just die and save everybody a lot of hassle.

    • Natty Enquirer

      That was disappointingly easy.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • Cackalaquiano

      He’s feeling beleaguered y’all! Have some sympathy
      (not a drop of sympathy here)

    • Ninja0980

      Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    • Lizard

      Huzzah! Bye, Felicia!

    • Reality.Bites

      It just occurred to me that it’s turned out that every single Republican politician, Fox News “pundit” and the entire NRA turned out to be high school principals from a 1980s John Hughes movie – Principal Rooney from Ferris Beuller or the one from Breakfast Club – pompous, full of themselves and absolutely no match for a teenager who ACTUALLY knows how the world works because they’re still engaged in it.

    • Marc: The Social Gadfly

      No better disinfectant than the light of day!

    • AstroCat

      lol – a guy named “Leslie”. ‘nough said.

  • BeaverTales

    Shep *is* clueless for not noticing until now. Willingly and purposefully clueless. The English language needs a better word for that kind of cognitive dissonance…

  • safari

    O/T: Follow-up to the TN legislative committee not even seconding a bill to denounce white supremacist groups. As you can see, they are not helping their case:

    In a Friday email to TPM, Rep. Bob Ramsey, one of three Republicans on the State Government Subcommittee, said they objected to language that would ask law enforcement to consider the groups “domestic terrorist organizations.”

  • Halou

    I’m only surprised it took this long for him to be the target of ire from further up the food chain. After all he has said and done over the past year.

  • Cuberly Deux

    So anyone want to take bets on when Shep issues his apology non-apology?

    It’s the fox mantra, “Impertinence vill nicht be tolerated!”

  • bkmn

    O/T – The EU has compiled a 10 page list of possible items they might impose tariffs on. The type is not large, the list hits steel and aluminum but also many food items.

  • mpatreyu

    Maybe he is their ‘attempt’ at balance

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • Cuberly Deux

      Even in college Inghram was a far far right flame thrower. Her history of nuttery is loooooooong.

    • RemusL

      Is Seth Rich’s family still suing Fox and Hannity?

    • UrsusArctos 🐻

      Lumpy is playing to an audience of ONE. Good thing that audience (45*) isn’t too bright.

  • dcurlee

    Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dumb

  • carrot festival

    Are they sending him to Britain to take the waters?

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    “Shelp your desk at MSNBC is ready. “

  • nocadrummer

    And when he returns “everything will be peachy-keen & hunky-dory.”

    “I’ll just DIE if I don’t get this recipe. I’ll just DIE if I don’t get this recipe. I’ll just DIE if I don’t get this recipe. I’ll just DIE if I don’t get this recipe. I’ll just DIE if I don’t get this recipe….”

  • Richard B

    Well, that was funny and totally delusional watching Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham pretending their TV shows are news.
    …. seriously?
    Even Rupert Murdock calls most of FOX News programming opinion shows and Shepard Smith was FOX’s straight news show.
    If FOX looks cross-eyed at Shepard Smith, you can bet he will be signed up at ratings winner MSNBC or CNN in a New York second.

  • teedofftaxpayer

    Shep is a newsman, the others are just bias mouthpieces.

  • thatotherjean

    Oh, hell. I suppose his tendency to honestly reporting actual news had to catch up with him eventually. If he does come back, I hope it’s for lots and lots of money. Instead, I hope he gets offers from real news organizations while he’s on “vacation,” and takes one of them. Good luck, Shep! Run away! Run far away!

    • whollyfool

      Pretty sure they just renewed his contract. Too weird.

  • DisqusD37

    He means a week of self-flagellation.

  • Ninja0980
    • Dazzer

      They’ve been together for quite some time, so it’s more than just a fling.

      • BobSF_94117

        Relationships should be conjugated: fling, flang, flung.

    • ECarpenter

      Boy toy? Men’s life partners are boy toys to you?

    • TrollopeReader

      Is that a problem? Seriously ??

  • He’ll be Putin’ on his walking shoes soon.

  • Not sure what Shep Smith is doing on Fox anyhow. He seems out of place. Any slots on some other channels for him?

    • ECarpenter

      Oh, please keep him there. Really. They need him.

      • Reality.Bites

        Having a respectable daytime anchor lets them stay on in dental offices.

  • katkelly57

    Good on ya Shep!

    The other two continue to talk out their asses ‘cos their mouths know better.

  • JohnInCA

    Back when Jon Stewart was on the Daily Show and complaining about how biased Fox News was, wasn’t their defense “those are entertainment segments, not news segments”?

    Seems kind of weird for them to suddenly claim to be real journalists.

    • unsavedheathen

      Since objective truth no longer exists, FOX can drop all pretense to it.

  • TrollopeReader

    and he signed a long-term contract earlier this week, I think. …

  • TrollopeReader
    • violamateo

      The importance of punctuation: I’m wondering if Hannity really meant to say that first sentence as he left it, or if he intended to put a comma after the word “journalist”.

      • TrollopeReader

        the importance of finishing an education !!

  • Girlgoon

    Maybe get job at a network that doesn’t do prole-feed

  • I can’t believe he’s lasted this long. It’s well known that many at Fox don’t like or trust him. It’s no secret that he’s gay and they mostly think he’s a liberal. (He’s not. Just not as far right as the rest of them and willing to occasionally criticize a Republican.)

  • Dana Chilton

    Everyone I know who has worked for Fox has always said the same thing as Shep. Opinion pieces are not the news side they say. it’s not a secret. It’s exactly how they’ve justified working for Fox. It’s how blabbering talking heads justify being moronic. Thing is, now that we have a president who says these know nothing know-it-all’s are the only real source of news people like hannity who believe they’re the second coming are going to start believing it

    • Jefe5084

      Even the imperial curmudgeon, Bill O”Liely said as much a couple of times when he was caught lying–which was nearly always.

  • Clive Johnson
  • Tom000

    Just a while ago they were defending incorrect “facts” by saying they were not news but entertainment.

  • Maura Hart

    bye shep. hope your resume is ready

  • JustAndra

    Sheps contract just got re-upped! He isn’t going anywhere, he is the only semblance they have to even call their network news.

  • JCF
  • AstroCat

    Herpes Princess sez huh? EVERY SINGLE ONE of her opinion segments have been “inconsiderate & inaccurate”.