Ana Navarro: NBC should give ‘more likeable’ Shepard Smith a chance after ‘failure’ Megyn Kelly

CNN political commentator Ana Navarro lauded Shepard Smith for his decision to leave Fox News and suggested that NBC try to hire him on at some point.

“Sometimes, you do things in life that are not about money, that are not about what’s best for your career, but it’s about what’s best for your heart and for your soul,” Navarro said Friday night on CNN. “It’s about integrity. It’s about principles. And I admire that. He’s walking away from a very hefty salary, if reports are true, and I think he’s doing it for all the right reasons.”

She continued, “You know, he’s standing up for what he believes, and he’s saying, look, ‘You know what? Self-care matters, and, you know, being consistent, being in a place that is consistent with my principles and what I believe matters.’ And damn, you just have to admire that.”

The 47-year-old political strategist went on to say that NBC should give Smith a chance.

“Look, NBC paid Megyn Kelly $23 million, and she was a failure. Give Shep Smith a chance. He’s a hell of a lot more likeable. And true and authentic,” she said.

Don Lemon and Brian Stelter, who were the host and the other panelist in the segment, also heaped praise on Smith. Lemon congratulated him on his decision to leave.

Smith, 55, announced Friday that he was leaving Fox News on his own accord.

“Together with my colleagues, we have written a first draft of history and endeavored to deliver it to you while speaking truth to power without fear or favor it in context and with perspective,” Smith said Friday. “I am eternally grateful for the opportunity. For handing me the breaking news reins as managing editor, senior correspondent, and chief news anchor for this news network, I am thankful and humbled.”

Smith was a frequent critic of President Trump, and the president was already taking jabs at his ouster on Friday, saying that the anchor must have left over low ratings.

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