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Is Sandra Smith's Absence on 'America's Newsroom' Related to Ed Henry's Firing?

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Many viewers of America's Newsroom were shocked when they tuned in to the July 1 broadcast when longtime reporter Sandra Smith announced that her co-anchor Ed Henry had been terminated. The daily morning series has been a staple on Fox News since 2007, and Sandra took over for Shannon Bream in 2017 after the latter anchor secured a spot on Fox News @ Night. 

Ed Henry's firing came just six days after a former Fox News employee accused him of sexual misconduct via a legal claim. During Sandra's announcement, she revealed that she would stay on as the lead of the show while executives determined who would become her co-anchor.

But, Sandra has been noticeably absent from America's Newsroom, leading viewers to wonder if it has anything to do with Ed Henry. What happened to Sandra Smith from Fox News? Find out if she has discussed a departure.

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Sandra Smith said she would have guest co-anchors on 'America's Newsroom.'

During her July 1 announcement about Ed Henry's termination, Sandra noted that she would have guest anchors on America's Newsroom to fill in in the interim until his replacement was found. 

"A moment now for some news about the co-anchor of this program, Ed Henry. After a recent claim and investigation involving sexual misconduct in the workplace, Ed has been terminated from Fox News," the 39-year-old said in her pre-written statement on air. 

"In an internal memo to employees, Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and President and Executive Editor Jay Wallace addressed this very serious issue in an effort to bring full transparency to it and emphasized that we will continue to strive to maintain a safe and inclusive workplace for all employees," she continued. "Rotating anchors will be sitting in with me until a replacement is named."

Ed had only joined the show in January of 2020. 

What happened to Sandra Smith from Fox News?

While Sandra did have others on the show in the immediate days following Ed's release from the show, Sandra herself has not appeared on America's Newsroom since mid-July. Some viewers expressed their concern for Sandra on social media, and others wondered if her absence had anything to do with Ed's firing. 

"Wondering where Sandra Smith is!" one viewer wrote on Twitter. 

"Curious why Sandra Smith is still out??" a second person expressed on social media. 

Another user speculated that Sandra was out because she has an alleged friendship with one of Ed Henry's accusers, Jennifer Eckhart, but this has not been corroborated. Jennifer did post a photo with Sandra on Twitter in February of 2019, but it's unclear what the nature of their relationship was. 

Sandra herself has not commented on her absence from the show. She has not posted to her Twitter since July 13, and her last Instagram post was on July 15.

She may simply be taking time off from America's Newsroom for the summer. If there is something more serious at hand, it has not been confirmed by the show, the network, or by Sandra herself. 

It is publicly unknown when the reporter is expected to make her return to the morning series. It also remains to be seen if Sandra will address her hiatus from the show.

America's Newsroom airs on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET on Fox News. 

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