A spokesman for Shepard Smith denied that his departure from Fox News was related to a recent meeting between Attorney General William Barr and network mogul Rupert Murdoch.

Smith announced his last day anchoring Shepard Smith Reporting on Friday at the end of his show. Many were quick to speculate that the frequent Trump critic was outed from the show after Murdoch and Barr met at the former’s home on Wednesday, but it’s unclear what was discussed during their rendezvous, according to the New York Times.

Chris Giglio, a spokesman for Smith, told the paper’s Michael M. Grynbaum, “This was Shep’s decision and his alone,” in response to the rumors.

MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes was one of many who speculated that the two events could be related.

“So Barr goes and meets w Murdoch and then…,” he tweeted. “I mean who knows. I have no inside info. Mostly I thought the AG having a meeting at Rupert’s house, amidst very public internal battles over coverage of Trump, looked…odd.”

Hayes was far from the only person to speculate about the possible connection.

Fox News also denied the speculation, with a spokesperson telling the Washington Examiner that any rumors of the sort are “absolutely not true.”

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