"He's somebody I think is incredibly talented," he said.
"Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News and begin a new chapter," Mr. Smith said in a statement, Forbes reported. "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."