Shepherd Smith, the Fox News chief news anchor, announced Friday that he was taking a “previously-planned one-week vacation” and joked that when he returns “everything will be peachy-keen & hunky-dory.”
This announcement came a few hours after fellow Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham criticized Smith as “clueless” regarding what the opinion side of the network does. They also said that Smith made “inconsiderate and inaccurate” statements about prime-time Fox programs.
Smith said the opinion hosts on his network “don’t have rules” and are just meant for entertainment.
Smith’s vacation announcement came during his 3pm program, “Shepard Smith Reporting.” There was a lighthearted end to an interview with “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace.
“No shooting inside the tent. Everything is wonderful,” Smith laughed as the interview with Wallace ended. “Going to take a one-week vacation that was previously planned, and be back in a week, and everything will be peachy-keen & hunky-dory. I can’t wait.”
“That’s what they always say: Previously planned and one-week vacation,” an amused Wallace replied.
Smith added: ”I have the airline tickets. It’s been booked for a while. Tell everyone down there [in Washington, D.C.,] hello for me, OK?”
The controversy began Thursday after an interview Smith did with Time magazine was published that included comments that Fox’s prime-time opinion shows, like Hannity’s and Ingraham’s, are meant “strictly to be entertaining” and that the hosts “don’t really have rules.”
Ingraham responded by calling out Smith on Twitter: “Always liked Shep, but his comments were inconsiderate & inaccurate. The hard-working team at the Ingraham Angle does real reporting, develops input sources and scores big interviews. Very proud of them,” Ingraham wrote to her 2.13 million followers.
An hour before Ingraham’s comments, Sean Hannity said Smith was “clueless” about the opinion side of Fox.
“While Shep is a friend with political views I do not share, and great at breaking news, he is clueless about what we do every day,” Hannity responded Friday, defending his show as one that “breaks news daily.”
After Smith’s vacation, do you think everything really will be “peachy?”
Credit: The Hill