After 18 years, Chris Wallace is leaving Fox News. The “Fox News Sunday” host announced today that he’s leaving the conservative-leaning network to join CNN+, CNN’s streaming service set to debut this spring.
The news sent shockwaves through political media and marks the biggest addition to CNN+’s roster thus far.
As Mediaite reports:
Fox News, for its part, is set to go with rotating anchors on Fox News Sunday until a permanent replacement is named.
Earlier this afternoon, CNN confirmed the news in a press releases.
“I am thrilled to join CNN+,” Wallace said in the release. “After decades in broadcast and cable news, I am excited to explore the world of streaming. I look forward to the new freedom and flexibility streaming affords in interviewing major figures across the news landscape—and finding new ways to tell stories,” said Wallace. “As I embark on this adventure, I am honored and delighted to join Jeff Zucker and his great team. I can’t wait to get started.”
Unlike Shepard Smith’s abrupt resignation from Fox in 2019, Wallace’s contract was up and he decided not to re-sign.
POLITICO further described Wallace’s illustrious career:
Wallace had hosted “Fox News Sunday” since 2003, having previously worked for NBC and ABC. Wallace, the son of longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace, also moderated presidential debates, including the highly contentious first Biden-Trump debate in September 2020. His awards include a Polk Award in 1993 for coverage of neo-Nazism in Germany for ABC’s “Prime Time Live.”
Wallace expressed fondness for his Fox News audience. “The fact you’ve chosen to spend this hour with us is something I cherish,” he said during his last show.
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