If you’ve wondered over the past few months where Fox News anchor Leland Vittert has been, you aren’t the only one.
After a mysterious absence from both the cable news giant and radio silence on his Twitter account since mid-January, Mediate reported that the anchor — a staple on Fox News’ weekend lineup — has parted ways from the network, with no explanation provided from either party aside from a short and vague statement from Fox News.
“We have mutually and amicably parted ways with Leland Vittert,” is all Fox News had to say when reached for a comment on the curious situation.
For just over a decade, Vittert, who was initially hired by the network as a foreign correspondent, became a fairly well-known name in the cable news world, especially within the ranks of Fox News personalities.
While it may never be confirmed, Vittert’s last days at the network drew harsh criticism from a number of Fox News fans — especially after he entered into a tension-filled back-and-forth with Erin Perrine, a member of former President Donald Trump’s legal team, over the former president’s claims of election fraud.
However, that wasn’t the first verbal tussle with the former White House, as the 45th president himself took a hard jab at Vittert over his reporting in 2019, comparing him to former left-leaning Fox News anchor Shepard Smith.
“Were @FoxNews weekend anchors, @ArthelNeville and @LelandVittert, trained by CNN prior to their ratings collapse?” Trump tweeted at the time. “In any event, that’s where they should be working, along with their lowest rated anchor, Shepard Smith!”
Vittert also found himself as a target of die-hard Trump supporters during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, as protesters that day surrounded him and asked if he was a “patriot” while asking if he would swear an “oath of allegiance to the president.”
Only time will tell if Vittert reemerges elsewhere in the cable news world like so many do, but questions still remain with regard to the true reason why his decade-long career at Fox News ended abruptly.