Veteran Fox News Anchor Abruptly Defects to CNN
Veteran Fox News anchor Chris Wallace announced he’s leaving the network after 18 years, effective immediately.
At the end of Fox News Sunday, Wallace said it would be his final episode.
“Eighteen years ago, the bosses here at Fox promised me they would never interfere with a guest I booked or a question I asked, and they kept that promise,” the broadcaster said. Without offering specifics, he said his next venture would allow him to “go beyond politics to all the things I’m interested in.”
Within hours of his announcement, CNN declared he would anchor a weekly interview show on its new subscription service, CNN+.
“After decades in broadcast and cable news, I am excited to explore the world of streaming,” Wallace said in a statement. “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.”
Fox News Media released a statement, saying it was “extremely proud of our journalism and the stellar team that Chris Wallace was a part of.”
Wallace, 74, is Fox News’s latest high-profile departure. Longtime commentators Stephen Hayes and Jonah Goldberg resigned in November over what they called a pattern of incendiary and fabricated claims by the network’s hosts in support of former President Donald Trump. Both men cited Tucker Carlson’s Jan. 6 docuseries as their breaking point.
According to NPR, Fox News pushed to keep Wallace as his contract’s expiration loomed. Sources said his departure was a shock to D.C. journalists.