What These Fired Cable News Anchors Are Doing Now

The following article references allegations of sexual misconduct.

In 1980, the world as we know it changed with the launch of Cable News Network, better known as CNN. And with that, the first-ever 24-hour news channel was born. Although plenty of other stations already had news hours as part of their standard programming schedule, no other channel had devoted its entire programming to sharing the news.

Fast forward 40 years, CNN, started by media magnate Ted Turner, is still reporting the news 24 hours a day, and other networks have taken cues. Per Forbes, cable news outlets have declined in ratings from 2021 to 2022, but there are still millions of viewers tuning in at primetime. 

With the popularity of television news has come popularity in the anchors. Some have become celebrities in their own right, and any time one leaves their position, whether by choice or not, it's major news. Many of those anchors have left of their own volition, but others have been told not to return. Here's what those fired cable news anchors are doing now:

Shepard Smith hasn't shared any news yet

In late 2022, CNBC announced that Shepard Smith, host of "The News with Shepard Smith" would be leaving the network. In a memo to employees, the network president stated, "After spending time with many of you and closely reviewing the various aspects of our business, I believe we must prioritize and focus on our core strengths of business news and personal finance." Evidently, Smith's nightly news show no longer fit in with the vision for the network's future. 

This isn't the first time Smith has left a cable news network. In 2019, Smith exited Fox News after decades with the network — after he'd just signed a multiyear contract, no less. At the time of his departure, details were scant, but he shared more about his decision in early 2021. Of his time on the network, he told CNN's Christiane Amanpour, "If you feel like the Fox viewers were getting mis- or disinformation, I was there to make sure that they got it straight ... I stuck with it for as long as I could."

Smith also noted his frustration with some of the other Fox News anchors. "I don't know how some people sleep at night. I know that there are a lot of people who have propagated the lies and who have pushed them forward over and over again who are smart enough and educated enough to know better," he said. Smith has yet to be so forthcoming about his departure from CNBC.

Megyn Kelly is hosting a podcast

For years, Megyn Kelly was a fixture on cable news, first at Fox News and later at NBC. The television journalist left the former station after an intense election cycle in 2016, Kelly taking the brunt of some criticism from presidential candidate Donald Trump. "I was never a political person, I wasn't raised in a political household, and it became clear to me it wasn't what I wanted to do, it's not who I am. And then, Donald Trump has a way of clarifying one's life choices, and that was true for me too," she told Ellen DeGeneres of her decision to leave.

Kelly left for NBC where she hosted "Megyn Kelly Today." However, due to controversial comments she made about blackface, Kelly was fired from the network. Kelly took a short break from media, and later returned with her SiriusXM podcast, "The Megyn Kelly Show."

Kelly sees her firing from NBC as a blessing, as it encouraged her to pursue a totally different avenue. As she told Business Insider, "I had this soaring career at Fox that was great by any measure, but I was miserable at home. It was too stressful, too much time away from my family and my kids, and then I overcorrected at NBC by going too soft." Pivoting to podcast, however, seems to be something that works for her. "I feel like I have the best of both worlds," she said. "I'm fired up and making a difference."

Tiffany Cross will continue with her journalism career

News anchor Tiffany Cross hosted "Cross Connection" on MSNBC for two years. In 2022, the network decided not to continue airing the program after two years of Cross's hosting duties, and she did not maintain a professional relationship with the cable network moving forward. Cross took to Instagram to share her thoughts. "While this journey ended abruptly, surprising many of us, my work is not done. Political violence is increasing and it's becoming inherently more dangerous to speak the truth. But, after more than 20 years in journalism, I will not stop. The attacks on me from other outlets and former hosts will never control my narrative," she said.

One of those hosts? Former Fox News and NBC correspondent Megyn Kelly. The anchor used her own platform, "The Megyn Kelly Show," to celebrate Cross's departure from MSNBC. "Tiffany Cross, the most racist person in all of television, and in particular on MSNBC, just got fired," Kelly declared. 

On her series, Cross regularly addressed racial inequality and politics, and she made it clear on Instagram that she would not be hanging up her hat after leaving MSNBC. "Fresh off the heels of a 'racial reckoning,' as so many have called it, we see that with progress there is always backlash. Now is not the time to retreat to politics or journalism as usual," she said. Although Cross did note that she will continue her journalistic pursuits, she has yet to share her specific plans.

Chris Cuomo has a show on NewsNation

In late 2021, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was let go amid a whirl of scandals that had plagued him for months prior to his ultimate downfall. Cuomo's brother, former New York governor Andrew Cuomo, had been accused of sexual misconduct, claims which Chris used his platform to debunk.

Investigation by the New York attorney general proved Chris's involvement in trying to clear his brother's name far surpassed simply supporting him while anchoring on CNN. Chris had also been accused of sexual misconduct, but whether those accusations or his involvement in his brother's campaign for innocence was the impetus behind the firing was not disclosed. "I remember the phone call, but I don't remember any emotions behind it," Chris said of his firing on "Dan Abrams Live." "There had been so much negativity, so intense, for so long ... Being number one at CNN was a very proud accomplishment for me and my team ... it mattered more to me than I knew at the time."

Chris wasn't out of work for too long. Per Variety, after just 10 months off the air, the news anchor returned to broadcast with his own show, "Cuomo," on NewsNation. "I am grateful to NewsNation for this incredible opportunity and am blown away by the number of news and talk industry heavyweights who have joined our team," Alexandra "Dusty" Cohen, executive producer of "Cuomo," said in a statement of the new program.

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Ed Henry dropped his defamation suit

Ed Henry has had a long career in television news. The anchor worked at CNN for many years before moving to Fox News, where he served as chief White House correspondent. Henry was fired from Fox News in 2020 after being accused of sexual misconduct. After news of his firing broke, his attorney stated, "Ed Henry denies the allegations referenced in the Fox announcement and is confident that he will be vindicated after a full hearing in an appropriate forum." 

This was not the first time Henry's career at Fox News had been interrupted by allegations. In 2016, news of Henry's alleged affair surfaced, precluding him from reporting on Hillary Clinton's bid for the White House. After losing his job, Henry filed a defamation lawsuit against CNN and NPR. Allegations were leveled against some CNN and NPR employees by name, notably David Folkenflik, a reporter for the latter outlet. 

"NPR stands behind David Folkenflik's reporting and will vigorously defend it against this meritless claim," the reporter's employer stated amid the lawsuit. In May 2022, Folkenflik tweeted, "Fox News host Ed Henry's lawsuit against me and NPR has been voluntarily dismissed." Per Henry's Twitter, he can be found anchoring a program on Real America's Voice.

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Bill O'Reilly has a podcast

For a time in the late 2010s, multiple Fox News anchors were fired following sexual misconduct claims. Of all the anchors, perhaps the most notable was Bill O'Reilly. O'Reilly hosted a top-rated program on the network, and his ratings increased amid news of the sexual harassment allegations and a hefty settlement. However, high ratings weren't enough to keep O'Reilly seated in his anchor's chair, and in early 2017 he left Fox News permanently.

After his exit from cable television, O'Reilly started a podcast, "No Spin News." "I am sad that I'm not on television anymore. I was very surprised how it all turned out. I can't say a lot because there's much stuff going on right now," O'Reilly said on his podcast, referring to another lawsuit filed by Andrea Tantarosas, as reported by CBS Mornings.

O'Reilly didn't leave the network empty-handed. According to The New York Times, the former news anchor was believed to have gotten a $25 million payout from Fox News amid his departure.

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Matt Lauer is apparently planning a career comeback

Fox News wasn't the only station firing anchors amid the onset of the #MeToo movement. In 2017, NBC fired longtime anchor Matt Lauer after a series of sexual misconduct allegations were leveled against him. "While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he's been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident," NBC News chairman Andrew Lack told employees.

Lauer's exit from NBC coincided with news of a new drama series coming to Apple TV+, "The Morning Show." Many alleged that the show was based on Lauer, but showrunner Kerry Ehrin set the record straight on "TV's Top 5" podcast: "[Mitch is] not Matt Lauer. It wasn't designed to be about him; I didn't study him. It was about a guy who works in morning news who gets fired for sexual misconduct. That did happen to Matt Lauer."

Almost five years after the scandal, Us Weekly reported that Lauer is planning a return to his career. Per a source of the magazine's, "Matt Lauer is still clamoring for a comeback." Lauer reportedly is planning to launch a podcast, and he has been dating since divorcing from his wife of over 20 years.

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Dan Rather has a newsletter

Although it seems like television news anchors suddenly losing their jobs is a new phenomenon, it's actually old news. In 2005, news anchor Dan Rather was moved from his post at "60 Minutes" to a weekend slot after reporting news about then-president George W. Bush's time in the military, using documents claimed to be inauthentic as evidence. Not long after his reassignment, Rather was fired from the cable news network. 

Although he lost his job over the allegations, Rather stands by his report. As he told The Hollywood Reporter, "We reported a true story. We didn't do it perfectly. We made some mistakes of getting to the truth. But that didn't change the truth of what we reported." Though Rather's firing is rather commonplace now, he was once an outlier in his field as one of the few whose life story turned into a movie. In 2015, "Truth" starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford was released, telling the story of Rather's report and ultimate job loss. 

As Rather also told The Hollywood Reporter, "I'm very proud of the career I had. I'm a great believer that you are what your record is, and my record there is what it is." Today, more of what Rather has to say can be found in his newsletter via Substack. He can also be found on Twitter. Although rumors of his death circulated, he confirmed to his 2.7M followers that he is alive and well.

Rick Sanchez is launching a podcast

Starting in the early 1980s, Rick Sanchez worked for news stations across the country, and in 2004, the anchor made CNN his home, reporting the news in multiple capacities and hosting "Rick's List." In 2010, however, CNN severed ties with Sanchez after he made antisemitic comments. Per The New York Times, during a radio interview, Sanchez called political commentator Jon Stewart a bigot and said, "I'm telling you that everybody that runs CNN is a lot like Stewart."

The comments must not have sat well with CNN executives, and Sanchez was subsequently fired. Even so, the network released a polite statement after Sanchez's exit: "Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well."

Soon after his firing, Sanchez spoke about it on "Today." He explained, "My daughter had a softball game I desperately wanted to go to, and I was a little impatient." He added, "I said some things I shouldn't have said. They were wrong. Not only were they wrong, they were offensive." Over 10 years after his firing, Sanchez returned to media with a new project. In May 2022, his podcast "The Rick Sanchez Podcast" premiered, and he's released multiple new episodes per week since.

Charlie Rose sat down for an interview with Warren Buffet

In November 2017, The Washington Post revealed that eight women had come forward and alleged that they had been sexually harassed by Charlie Rose, former CBS anchor. After news broke, Rose claimed the allegations were false; he was fired from his post. He was 75 years old at the time, and following his termination, he was not hired by any other news outlets.

In 2022, nearly five years after the scandal, Rose sat down with billionaire businessman Warren Buffet in an apparent attempt at a career comeback. Rose posted the interview to his website, but the two didn't discuss Rose's firing from CBS. "It is [Buffet's] first interview on camera in almost a year and the first I've done in more than four years. It is a step in a journey to engage the most interesting people and explore the most compelling ideas in the world," Rose said.

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Eric Bolling has a show on Newsmax

In 2017, Fox News anchor Eric Bolling was fired from his position after being investigated for claims of sexual harassment. Bolling co-hosted "The Five" and "The Specialists" for many years, and amid his firing. The network said in a statement, "Fox News Channel is canceling The Specialists, and Eric Bolling and Fox have agreed to part ways amicably. We thank Eric for his ten years of service to our loyal viewers and wish him the best of luck."

In 2021, Bolling sat down with the BBC for a segment. As reported by Mediaite, Bolling left after fellow contributor Aisha Mills said, "I think it's really rich for any Republican, especially a white man, to run around and claim they care about the economic condition of Black communities and Black businesses when that's all a lie." This was during a discussion regarding voting laws in Georgia, and Bolling seemed to take Mills' comments personally.

Bolling can still be found reporting the news, just at a different station. The former Fox News anchor is a current Newsmax anchor, hosting "Eric Bolling The Balance."

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