Shepard Smith’s sudden departure from Fox News is big news for pro-Trump conservatives.
Smith has long been among the nastiest anti-Trump voices on the network.
And with his departure, Rush Limbaugh just made an announcement that will change everything for Fox News.
Rush Limbaugh is the biggest name in radio.
The conservative legend has been on the air for decades, and has made talk radio into what it is today.
And during that time, he has never wavered on his positions, no matter how unpopular they may be to the establishment.
After such a long time on radio, Limbaugh supporters have been speculating about what he will do in the future.
One hope has been that he would get into the television news game, where he could spread his message to a different audience.
With the departure of Smith, there have been major calls for Limbaugh to take his spot at the network.
On the day of the announcement, Limbaugh was inundated with calls from fans imploring him to go for that position.
So Limbaugh eventually made it clear that he will not be taking a position at the network, telling his listeners that he is happy staying on the radio.
“Folks, let me tell you something,” Limbaugh said. “I have nothing left to prove. I’ve been doing this for 30 years. I have built radio stations. I have built audiences. I don’t need to prove I can do that anymore.”
He then goes on to explain that if he took over the 3 o’clock segment on Fox News, he would really have his work cut out.
The three o’clock hour on Fox is a slow period without much interest, according to Limbaugh.
Building audiences is something Limbaugh is good at, and he would certainly bring in a lot more viewers, but he already has more viewers than anybody else on radio anyway.
“I am right where I belong. I am right where I need to be, and I’m very sated, satisfied with it,” Limbaugh ended the segment explaining.
If Limbaugh were to take a job at the network, it would be a sign that they are going to reverse course on their strongly anti-Trump shift.
With a few exceptions, like Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, Fox News isn’t friendly to conservatives anymore.
Even with Smith gone, Fox News is not going to regain lost viewers unless they replace him with somebody who is actually different than him.
Limbaugh would have done that.
But just because he isn’t going to move to Fox News now doesn’t mean that future career changes couldn’t be in store.
He recently hinted that he would consider a run for President in 2024.
After speaking about the Fox News job, he told viewers that he isn’t going to yet decline a run for President.
“No, I didn’t decline the run for the president, but we’re talking 2024,” Limbaugh said. “I mean, come on. The Fox News gig is open now. I’m not gonna do that.”
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