Shepard Smith has left the Fox News building, but his hour will remain staffed by employees from the network’s news division.
Bret Baier, Chris Wallace, Brit Hume, Shannon Bream, Martha MacCallum, Bill Hemmer and John Roberts are among the Fox News Channel news anchors who will do a stint in the 3 p.m. hour vacated late last week by Shepard Smith, the veteran anchor whose departure stunned Fox News staffers as well as many media observers.
Fox News executives will likely unveil a new, news-focused hour in the timeslot next year with a specific anchor, Jay Wallace, president and executive editor of Fox News Media, told Variety in an interview. Trace Gallagher, a Los Angeles-based correspondent, kicked off a stint at 3 p.m. Monday, he said.
He indicated Fox News would consider its own news staffers for the new 3 p.m. program, but also suggested the network could be open to an external candidate. “We aren’t rushing into it,” he said. Using a rotating lineup of anchors “lets us figure out what works well for us” and “figure out what works for these times.”