When a well-known anchor or reporter leaves a major mainstream outlet, typically the public finds out rather quickly.
That wasn’t the case, however, with former Fox News anchor Leland Vittert, who is no longer with the cable news giant after a mysterious absence from both the airwaves and social media since sometime in January, shortly after the Capitol riot, according to Mediaite.
Fox News seemingly went out of its way to not elaborate on why Vittert, who worked at the network for roughly a decade, suddenly disappeared.
“We have mutually and amicably parted ways with Leland Vittert,” a Fox News spokesperson said, when reached for comment on the matter.
Adding to the mystery is Vittert’s lack of response, as a number of media outlets have reportedly reached out to the former anchor — a weekend staple in the Fox News lineup for years — for clarification. Vittert, as of this writing, hasn’t responded to any of them.
Vittert joined the ranks of several other former Fox News anchors and reporters who were often the target of former President Donald Trump’s criticism.
“Were @FoxNews weekend anchors, @ArthelNeville and @LelandVittert, trained by CNN prior to their ratings collapse?” Trump tweeted in 2019. “In any event, that’s where they should be working, along with their lowest rated anchor, Shepard Smith!”
After the 2020 election, when Trump and many members of his campaign and circle of advisers were pushing allegations of voter fraud, Vittert’s interview with Erin Perrine, a former member of the Trump campaign’s legal team, turned ugly.
The Capitol riot
Vittert, who joined Fox News as a foreign correspondent, had a run-in with Trump supporters during the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.
While reporting on the events that unfolded that day, Vittert was reportedly approached by several groups of protesters who harassed Vittert and his crew, and attempted to snatch some of his equipment. The protesters also screamed obscenities into the camera while some of them asked if Vittert considered himself a “patriot” while demanding he swear an “oath of allegiance to the president.”
We might never learn the true reasons for Vittert’s departure from the cable news powerhouse, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him emerge at another network in the near future, as many former Fox News employees typically do.