MSNBC is in talks to sign ex-Fox News host Shepard Smith

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MSNBC is reportedly in talks to sign former Fox News host, Shepard Smith, to a primetime slot and moving NBC's Meet the Press host, Chuck Todd, to a morning segment.

'It's unclear what slot he [Smith] would take, but we'd want him in primetime,' an MSNBC insider told The Daily Beast.

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The insider claimed that CNN president, Jeff Zucker, is also pursuing Smith as well as a 'number of networks'.

Sources revealed that MSNBC may be bracing for a major shakeup this year amid discussions to move Todd to a morning slot.

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Todd has been hosting Meet the Press at 5pm, since he was selected for the position in 2014. Todd is said to be resisting the possible move at the network.

Smith, who was a midday anchor for Fox News, quit the network in October.

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The host, who had been with the network since its inception in 1996, stepped down from his role as chief news anchor and managing editor of the network’s breaking news unit and anchor of Shepard Smith Reporting.

The decision to exit Fox News was made by Smith, and only Smith, publicists for both the anchor and the network said on Friday.

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Multiple sources told at the time that Smith's departure came as a total shock to most at the network.

In the past few years he has come under fire while at the same time being praised for his coverage of President Donald Trump.

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It all kicked off in 2016 when he said that Trump 'trades in racism' during the primary, and Smith has remained one of the network's few critics of the president ever since.

Comments like those are why Trump never appeared on Smith's show, despite the anchor reaching out to his campaign for an interview.

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'I would like to have some time with him,' said Smith...
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