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

MSNBC is reportedly in talks to sign Shepard Smith, with a view to giving the former Fox News host Chuck Todd's 5pm MTP Daily slot on the network. 

Todd would move to a morning segment in the shakeup. 

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

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. 

MSNBC is reportedly in talks to sign former Fox News host, Shepard Smith (pictured), to a prime time 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 prime time,' an MSNBC insider told The Daily Beast. The insider claimed that CNN president, Jeff Zucker, is also pursuing Smith as well as a 'number of networks'. Smith quit Fox News in October 2019 

Todd has been hosting MTP Daily at 5pm since 2015. The host 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. 

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. 

Multiple sources told DailyMail.com 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.

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.

'I would like to have some time with him,' said Smith back in 2016.

'For me, at least, it would be interesting to go through the things he’s said and the things he’s done and try to get an explanation.'

Smith, who left University of Mississippi two credits shy of a degree to take his first job, got his start on Fox News after catching the eye of Roger Ailes.

He has said in the past that Ailes saw him reporting on the OJ Simpson trial for Fox affiliates and then called him asking if he would fly to New York City to talk more about the possible new position.

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

Soon after, Smith moved to New York City and began his career at the network.

Recently, Todd came under fire for saying that Republicans have 'an incentive structure to utter the misinformation' related to Russia.

During the interview, Todd was asked about his own interviews with two Republican senators.

Todd's interviews with Sen John Kennedy of Louisiana and Sen Ted Cruz of Texas  both grew contentious when the senators discussed disproven claims of Ukrainian interference in the 2016 US election. 

Intelligence officials have said Russia has been trying to spread these stories to take attention away from its own efforts.

Todd offered an incredulous 'you do?' when Cruz said he believed Ukraine had tried to influence the election, and asked Kennedy whether he was concerned he'd been duped by Russia.

When asked about the interview he did with Kennedy, who was accused of using Russian talking points to defend Trump, Todd said: 'The fact is, and by the way, this isn’t going to be easy to show, but I actually think when we outline this it will, the right has an incentive structure to utter the misinformation.' 

Both interviews made Todd a target for Republican critics, including Trump, who has given Todd his own derogatory nickname.

'It's designed to make me more uncomfortable doing my job,' Todd said at the time. 'Let me put it this way. I probably let it get to me a lot a year ago.'

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