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‘Unsustainable’: Chris Wallace Reveals Why He Had To Leave ...

By Virginia Kruta • Mar 27, 2022 DailyWire.com • Facebook. Twitter. Mail. Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images Former “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace finally revealed the reason he felt that he had to leave the network after nearly two decades, saying that, in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, the situation there was ...

Former “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace finally revealed the reason he felt that he had to leave the network after nearly two decades, saying that, in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, the situation there was “unsustainable” for him.

Wallace left FOX abruptly last December for CNN’s new streaming service, CNN , and he spoke with the New York Times — in an interview that was published Sunday — about his decision to leave after 18 years and the events that led up to it.

“I’m fine with opinion: conservative opinion, liberal opinion,” Wallace said. “But when people start to question the truth — Who won the 2020 election? Was Jan. 6 an insurrection? — I found that unsustainable. I spent a lot of 2021 looking to see if there was a different place for me to do my job.”

Wallace also told the NYT that he had complained to network executives about programming like then colleague Tucker Carlson’s “Patriot Purge,” which he believed only encouraged those who had been caught up in false narratives about the 2020 election being “stolen” from former President Donald Trump.

“Before, I found it was an environment in which I could do my job and feel good about my involvement at Fox,” Wallace continued. “And since November of 2020, that just became unsustainable, increasingly unsustainable as time went on.”

Wallace noted that he was also looking for a way to get out of politics entirely — which he will do when his new interview show, “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?” debuts on CNN .

“One of the reasons that I left Fox was because I wanted to put all of that behind me. There has not been a moment when I have second-guessed myself about that decision,” he said.

Wallace shocked the world when he announced his exit from “Fox News Sunday,” as The Daily Wire reported:

“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,” Wallace continued. “I have been free to report to the best of my ability, to cover the stories I think are important, to hold our country’s leaders to account. It’s been a great ride. We’ve covered five presidential elections, interviewed every president since George H.W. Bush, traveled the world sitting down with France’s Emmanuel Macron and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.”

“And I’ve gotten to spend Sunday mornings with you,” Wallace said, turning his attention to the audience. “It may sound corny, but I feel we’ve built a community here. There’s a lot you can do on Sunday mornings. The fact that you’ve chosen to spend this hour with us is something I cherish. But after 18 years, I have decided to leave FOX. I want to try something new, to go beyond politics, to all of the things I’m interested in.”

Wallace joined CNN a short time later, just before scandal rocked that network and prompted the ouster of long-time chief Jeff Zucker along with his paramour, Allison Gollust.

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Chris Wallace announces he is leaving Fox News, joining ...

12-12-2021 · 11 hours ago · Wallace made the stunning announcement of his departure from Fox News at the end of "Fox News Sunday," the channel's flagship weekly program that he …

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Fox News Channel's Chris Wallace, right, asks South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg a question during a town hall with Fox News Channel on May 18, 2019 in Claremont, New Hampshire.

New York (CNN Business)Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, one of the few high-profile news personalities who retained a reputation of integrity as Fox leaned hard into right-wing and conspiratorial programming, announced Sunday that he is departing the network and joining CNN to host a weekday show.

Wallace made the stunning announcement of his departure at the end of "Fox News Sunday," the flagship weekly political program that he has moderated since 2003.

"It is the last time, and I say this with real sadness, we will meet like this," Wallace said. He described his time at Fox as a "great ride" and said he was "ready for a new adventure."

That adventure will take place at CNN, where Wallace will become an anchor for CNN , a streaming service launching in early 2022. According to CNN's press release, Wallace will host a weekday show featuring interviews with newsmakers "across politics, business, sports and culture."

"I am thrilled to join CNN ," Wallace said in a statement. "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."

CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said Wallace's appointment "speaks volumes about our commitment to journalism and CNN , and we are thrilled to have Chris on the ground floor of helping us build the next generation of CNN and news."

Wallace, 74, had multiple options when his four-year Fox contract was approaching its end point earlier this year. Wallace ultimately decided he didn't want to renew with Fox, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

Numerous Fox staffers praised Wallace on Sunday and said they were disappointed by the news.

"Sad to see Chris go -- he's had an amazing run at 'Fox News Sunday,'" chief political anchor Bret Baier wrote on Twitter.

Fox praised Wallace and said that it will rotate hosts on "Fox News Sunday" until a permanent moderator is named.

"We are extremely proud of our journalism and the stellar team that Chris Wallace was a part of for 18 years," the network said in a brief statement. "The legacy of 'Fox News Sunday' will continue with our star journalists, many of whom will rotate in the position until a permanent host is named."

Wallace is known for his tough, but fair, questioning of both Democratic and Republican politicians. His reputation for grilling members of both parties made him well-respected in journalistic circles, but often irked the Fox audience which showed immense loyalty to former President Donald Trump. That was especially true when Wallace called out Trump directly, including when he said that the former president "engaged in the most direct, sustained assault on the free press in our history."

In recent years, Fox News, which always tilted toward the right, has transformed itself into a hyper-partisan, right-wing talk network that regularly pushes conspiracy theories on a wide variety of topics. Even many of the network's so-called "straight news" anchors have abandoned any pretense of impartiality.

The network's top host, Tucker Carlson, has drawn extraordinary criticism for producing a special report pushing the false notion that the January 6 attack on the Capitol was a "false flag" orchestrated by the federal government. Carlson has also trafficked in anti-vaccine rhetoric and pushed the racist "Great Replacement" conspiracy theory on his show.

Wallace, who often found himself rebutting some of the falsehoods pushed by his own network, reportedly objected to Carlson's conspiratorial content. NPR reported that he had voiced objection to network brass about the program, which also led to the resignation of two longtime Fox News commentators.

One of those commentators, Jonah Goldberg, reacted to the Wallace news with a tweet that said "Wow."

The other, Stephen Hayes, wrote that Wallace had an incredible run and "served as a great example of how to do news -- and do it well -- during tumultuous and often disorienting times."

Chris Wallace Says Life at Fox News Became ‘Unsustainable ...

27-03-2022 · 2 days ago · As he starts a new streaming show at CNN, the longtime TV anchor reflects on his decision to leave Fox News after 18 years. Send any friend a story As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to ...

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“Before, I found it was an environment in which I could do my job and feel good about my involvement at Fox,” Mr. Wallace said of his time at the network. “And since November of 2020, that just became unsustainable, increasingly unsustainable as time went on.”

Still, he acknowledged that some viewers may wonder why he did not leave earlier.

“Some people might have drawn the line earlier, or at a different point,” he said, adding: “I think Fox has changed over the course of the last year and a half. But I can certainly understand where somebody would say, ‘Gee, you were a slow learner, Chris.’”

Fox News declined to comment.

Mr. Wallace said his new CNN series, which airs at 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, was inspired by the work of famed interviewers like Larry King and Charlie Rose. (His father, the “60 Minutes” legend Mike Wallace, hosted a versatile interview program of his own in the late 1950s, with guests ranging from Henry Kissinger to the actress Jean Seberg.)

The set of the show is sparse, just Mr. Wallace and a guest sitting on either side of a plexiglass table — a more brightly lit version of Mr. Rose’s long-running PBS format. Mr. Wallace said he hoped “to have the kind of intimate, thoughtful conversation where we forget we’re on camera in a studio.”

Marketing materials for CNN prominently feature Mr. Wallace alongside younger hosts like the former NPR host Audie Cornish, the chef Alison Roman and the actress Eva Longoria. The advanced ages of some of his early guests — Ms. Collins is 82, and Mr. Shatner just turned 91 — also suggest that Mr. Wallace’s program might complement more millennial-focused fare.

The service, which costs a month, debuts on Tuesday, years after the arrival of streaming competitors like Fox Nation and the CBS News Streaming Network. CNN executives view it as a major effort to gain a foothold with viewers who are abandoning cable subscriptions in favor of online alternatives for news.

The stakes are high for CNN, which is undergoing wrenching change. The channel’s parent company, WarnerMedia, is expected to be acquired by Discovery Inc. in the next few weeks. A new president, Chris Licht, is taking over CNN after the network’s longtime leader, Jeff Zucker, resigned in February over an undisclosed relationship with a colleague.

Chris Wallace Leaves Fox News as Right-Wing Hosts …

12-12-2021 · 15 hours ago · The “Fox News Sunday” anchor had been with the network for 18 years, and often dissented from the views of his pro-Trump colleagues. Send any friend a story As a subscriber, you have 10 gift ...

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The star Fox News anchor Chris Wallace announced on Sunday that he was leaving for CNN, stripping the Rupert Murdoch-owned network of its most decorated down-the-middle journalist as stridently conservative hosts like Tucker Carlson have increasingly set the channel’s agenda.

The network has pulled far ahead of CNN and MSNBC in the ratings with an expanded slate of right-wing commentary that denounces President Biden and defends former President Donald J. Trump. But some members of its newsroom have been unnerved by programming that has given weight to vaccine skeptics or amplified conspiracy theories about the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Mr. Wallace, 74, had expressed concern to Fox News management about a recent documentary from Mr. Carlson, “Patriot Purge,” which included the false claim that the riot was a “false flag” operation created to demonize the political right. The anchor’s objections, first reported by NPR, were confirmed on Sunday by two people who requested anonymity to share private discussions.

Mr. Wallace’s contract as host of “Fox News Sunday” was up at the end of December, and three people familiar with his thinking said he weighed several factors in choosing to leave, including a desire to expand his portfolio beyond politics to include business, sports and entertainment. He will host an interview program starting next year on CNN , a new digital streaming platform.

Fox News often pointed to Mr. Wallace and his tough interviews of both Democrats and Republicans to rebut critics who accused the channel of jettisoning traditional reporting. Mr. Wallace was the first Fox News anchor to moderate a presidential debate (in 2016, and again in 2020) and its first journalist to be nominated for an Emmy Award, for a widely praised 2018 grilling of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

He follows other journalists who have left Fox News, including Shepard Smith and Kristin Fisher. In May, the liberal Juan Williams was removed from his spot on the network’s afternoon talk show, “The Five,” and the Democratic analyst Donna Brazile left Fox News for ABC. A pair of conservative pundits, Stephen Hayes and Jonah Goldberg, quit last month in protest of Mr. Carlson’s special. (Fox News said it had not intended to renew the pair’s contracts.)

“For lots of serious journalists of all stripes, we looked to Chris as a guide on how to do real news and real reporting in sometimes disorienting moments over the last several years,” Mr. Hayes said in an interview.

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Mr. Wallace’s exit caught the TV news industry off guard on Sunday. “I’m ready for a new adventure,” he told viewers at the end of his regular broadcast.

He also offered praise for Fox News, his home since 2003. “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,” Mr. Wallace said. “I have been free to report to the best of my ability, to cover the stories I think are important, to hold our country’s leaders to account.”

Fox News said in a statement: “We are extremely proud of our journalism and the stellar team that Chris Wallace was a part of for 18 years. The legacy of ‘Fox News Sunday’ will continue with our star journalists, many of whom will rotate in the position until a permanent host is named.”

Among the expected fill-ins are Bret Baier, who hosts the network’s 6 p.m. newscast, as well as Neil Cavuto, John Roberts and Dana Perino. While Mr. Wallace’s exit leaves a gap on the reportorial side of Fox News, the network still boasts respected journalists like the Congressional reporter Chad Pergram and the Jerusalem-based correspondent Trey Yingst.

The network’s biggest star is Mr. Carlson, who is the top-rated host not just on Fox News but in all of cable news, and who enjoys strong support from management. Fox News has not commented on the controversy around “Patriot Purge,” which is one of several documentaries that Mr. Carlson has in the works.

But internal tensions over Mr. Carlson’s special have spilled into public view. In October, the Fox News host Geraldo Rivera told The New York Times that the special seemed “inflammatory and outrageous and uncorroborated,” adding: “I’m wondering how much is done to provoke, rather than illuminate.”

Fox News’s turn has been a major success for the network, in terms of ad revenues and Nielsen ratings. In November, Fox News shows represented 71 of the 100 top-rated telecasts in all of cable television.

It also comes as cable news programmers have sought to reflect the country’s more partisan climate. MSNBC, for instance, replaced Chris Matthews, its moderate 7 p.m. anchor, with the left-wing commentator Joy Reid, who also co-hosted its election night coverage.

John Malone, a major shareholder in Discovery Inc., which may soon control CNN, said last month he wanted CNN to “actually have journalists, which would be unique and refreshing,” a seeming critique of the channel’s reliance on commentary. (Mr. Malone also praised Mr. Baier of Fox News for trying “to distinguish news from opinion.”)

Fox News briefly lost viewers in the wake of Mr. Trump’s defeat last November. Many of the network’s fans balked at its anchors’ willingness to declare Mr. Biden the president-elect; some defected to the harder-edged right-wing network Newsmax, which had a surge in viewership.

Fox executives replaced a 7 p.m. newscast with conservative commentary, and shifted an 11 p.m. newscast back an hour to make room for a talk show hosted by the pro-Trump pundit Greg Gutfeld, which is now dominating its time slot.

The network also fired a veteran politics editor, Chris Stirewalt, roughly two months after he had helped make an early election-night projection that Mr. Trump would lose Arizona, infuriating allies of the former president.

Mr. Wallace’s willingness to critique Mr. Trump on-air was often praised by liberals, but he also confounded Fox News critics by refusing to denounce his opinionated colleagues.

“Look, I work at Fox. Do I agree with some of the stuff I hear? Absolutely not,” Mr. Wallace told The Times last year. But he said he had not felt pressure to report the news with any particular slant, adding, “I’ve never been second-guessed on a guest I booked, a question I’ve asked.”

He was recruited to “Fox News Sunday” by Roger Ailes, the network’s co-founder, who believed a robust news operation helped legitimize a channel whose conservative opinion programs were a TV novelty at the time of it started in 1996.

A former White House correspondent for NBC News, Mr. Wallace had a knack for irritating presidents. Bill Clinton accused him of having a “little smirk on your face,” Barack Obama shunned his interview attempts for eight years, and Mr. Trump frequently rebuked him on Twitter, comparing him unfavorably with his father, the “60 Minutes” anchor Mike Wallace.

As moderator of the final debate of the 2016 election, Mr. Wallace received high marks for keeping the candidates in line. In 2020, it was a different story: Mr. Trump ran roughshod over his questions and accused him of bias. “A terrible missed opportunity,” Mr. Wallace conceded afterward.

At CNN , Mr. Wallace will help cover election nights and nominating conventions. He is also likely to indulge other interests: A product of the East Coast establishment, he is friendly with some celebrities, including the actor George Clooney, with whom he has vacationed in Italy.

It is not the first time Mr. Wallace has considered a move. In 2017, CBS approached him about anchoring the “Evening News,” but he ultimately declined.

CNN’s president, Jeff Zucker, has been trying to lure star talent — including Rachel Maddow of MSNBC — for his new streaming service, which media analysts believe is critical to the channel’s future as viewers shift away from traditional TV. To borrow industry parlance, Mr. Wallace is a “big get.”

“It is not often that a news organization gets the opportunity to bring someone of Chris Wallace’s caliber on board,” Mr. Zucker said in a statement on Sunday. The hiring comes in the wake of an embarrassing episode for CNN, which fired its top-rated anchor, Chris Cuomo, over ethical concerns.

On his final Fox News broadcast, Mr. Wallace said he felt “real sadness” that his time at the network was up.

“For the last time, dear friends, that’s it for today,” he concluded. “Have a great week, and I hope you’ll keep watching ‘Fox News Sunday.’”

2 Fox News commentators resign over Tucker Carlson's ...

22-11-2021 · Fox News also jettisoned the leaders of its political desk, laid off a bunch of researchers and installed a new opinion hour at 7 p.m., shifting news anchor Martha MacCallum from that time to a ...

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson's special on the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol was the last straw for two network commentators. Stephen Hayes and Jonah Goldberg have resigned.

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Two longtime conservative Fox News commentators have resigned in protest of what they call a pattern of incendiary and fabricated claims by the network's opinion hosts in support of former President Donald Trump.

In separate interviews with NPR, Stephen Hayes and Jonah Goldberg pointed to a breaking point this month: network star Tucker Carlson's three-part series on the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol, which relied on fabrications and conspiracy theories to exonerate the Trump supporters who participated in the attack.

"It's basically saying that the Biden regime is coming after half the country and this is the War on Terror 2.0," Goldberg tells NPR. "It traffics in all manner of innuendo and conspiracy theories that I think legitimately could lead to violence. That for me, and for Steve, was the last straw."

Hayes has been a close friend of Fox News political anchor Bret Baier since their college days at DePauw University; both he and Goldberg were mainstays of Baier's Special Report after joining the network in 2009. Together, Hayes and Goldberg co-founded the conservative news site The Dispatch.

According to five people with direct knowledge, the resignations reflect larger tumult within Fox News over Carlson's series Patriot Purge and his increasingly strident stances, and over the network's willingness to let its opinion stars make false, paranoid claims against President Biden, his administration and his supporters.

Senior Fox News journalists warned network executives

Veteran figures on Fox's news side, including political anchors Baier and Chris Wallace, shared their objections with Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and its president of news, Jay Wallace. Those objections rose to Lachlan Murdoch, the chairman and CEO of the network's parent company, Fox Corp. Through a senior spokeswoman, Scott and Wallace declined comment. Murdoch did not return a request for comment through a spokesman. A senior Fox News executive subsequently said the two contributors' contracts would not have been picked up after their scheduled expiration next year.

Goldberg says that he had been assured by Fox's news leaders that, as Trump left Washington, D.C., following his election defeat, the network would tamp down on incendiary commentary and claims.

Jonah Goldberg and his partner at The Dispatch website, Stephen Hayes, quit their roles as commentators for Fox News after Tucker Carlson's special on the Jan. 6 riot aired.

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Instead, Goldberg says, the decision by Fox's election analysts to be the first to project that Biden would win Arizona on election night last November led the network's stars, including Carlson, to demonstrate their dedication to Trump and his most adamant fans. And that led Fox's opinion stars to embrace increasingly indefensible positions, Goldberg argues. (Fox News is currently facing two multibillion-dollar lawsuits from voting technology companies alleging they were defamed by network hosts and guests who supported Trump's grandiose and false claims of election fraud. Fox has filed motions to dismiss both lawsuits.)

Fox News also jettisoned the leaders of its political desk, laid off a bunch of researchers and installed a new opinion hour at 7 p.m., shifting news anchor Martha MacCallum from that time to a less visible midafternoon slot. The news anchor at 11 p.m., Shannon Bream, was pushed back to midnight in favor of Greg Gutfeld's opinion-driven comedy show. All these moves tilted the channel to even more Trump-friendly content, even as its news programs gently tried to correct the record on the 2020 elections and the siege.

"It was irresponsible to put that out into the public airwaves"

Carlson's series on the Capitol insurrection aired on Fox's paid streaming service, Fox Nation, in early November.

"They've begun to fight a new enemy in a new war on terror," Carlson warned his viewers in the first episode. "Not, you should understand, a metaphorical war, but an actual war, soldiers and paramilitary agencies hunting down American citizens."

Promotional videos for the series that aired on Fox News late the week before set off loud alarm bells throughout the network.

"I thought it was irresponsible to put that out into the public airwaves," Hayes says.

"The trailer [for the series] basically gave people the impression that the U.S. government was coming after all patriots — half of the country, in the word of one of the protagonists in the piece," he says. "And that the federal government was going to be using the tools and tactics that it used to go after al-Qaida. And that's not happening. That's not true."

"It's a narrative that's contradicted by certainly the vast collection of legal documents charging those who participated in January 6th, the broad reporting by a wide variety of news outlets on what happened on January 6th then and in the time since, and contradicted in part by Fox News' own news site and the reporting that people on the news side have done," he said.

Asked for comment for this story, Carlson said the departure of the two "will substantially improve the channel."

He also mocked the two men for denouncing him for propounding conspiracy theories: "These are two of the only people in the world who still pretend the Iraq War was a good idea," Carlson wrote to NPR. "No one wants to watch commentary that stupid."

Carlson declined to comment about the objections of other prominent journalists at the network.

News programs distance themselves from Carlson's series on the air

Viewers could see Fox's prominent journalists distance themselves from Carlson's series without mentioning his name.

On the Friday before the release of Patriot Purge, Baier aired a segment on the investigation of the insurrection by veteran national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin. Featured interviews dismissed claims of a "false-flag attack" — that is, violent left-wing activists such as antifa pretending to be Trump fans as they attacked the Capitol.

Wallace broadcast an interview on Fox News Sunday with Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, one of the chief Republican critics of Trump who's similarly rejecting those false claims. She is one of just two GOP members of the House committee investigating the insurrection at the Capitol.

Patriot Purge relied on known peddlers of unfounded conspiracy theories, people who sought out the company of white supremacists who would not be cited as credible sources by Fox's reporting teams.

Goldberg said he and Hayes could no longer tolerate the wild claims beamed, broadcast and streamed on Fox News.

"Being a Fox contributor is kind of a brass ring in conservative and right-wing circles, and I was well compensated," Goldberg says. "I'm not looking to be a martyr or ask for pity or any of that kind of stuff. But it's a significant financial hit for sure. And it's also cutting yourself off from a very large audience."

"We don't regret the decision. But we found it regrettable that we had to make the decision."

Hayes and Goldberg were formerly top editors at The Weekly Standard and the National Review, respectively. They recently joined forces to found the conservative anti-Trump site The Dispatch. Hayes, the outlet's founding CEO and editor, and Goldberg, its editor-in-chief, say the site is intended to appeal to conservatives with commentary and news grounded squarely in fact.

"We launched The Dispatch in part to model behavior we thought was increasingly missing on the right, particularly in conservative media," Goldberg says. He says the online magazine is not "beholden to a partisan agenda, not looking to simply monetize dopamine hits by making people angry."

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13-05-2021 · Report: Chris Wallace loses Fox News show. The major changes keep coming for Fox News — and controversial host Chris Wallace, an outspoken Democrat, has lost one of his shows. The cable news giant announced two massive additions to its lineup on Thursday. According to reports, their newest stars are names viewers will be very familiar with.

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The major changes keep coming for Fox News — and controversial host Chris Wallace, an outspoken Democrat, has lost one of his shows.

The cable news giant announced two massive additions to its lineup on Thursday.

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According to reports, their newest stars are names viewers will be very familiar with.

Former U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy and ex-secret service agent Dan Bongino will be joining the network, each with a permanent program of their own.

Bongino — popular for his impassioned segments and clashes with colleague Geraldo Rivera — will have a new show airing 10 p.m. on Saturdays. He’s tabbed to replace “The Greg Gutfeld Show,” which had previously been in that time slot.

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An official press release confirmed Bongino’s official addition to the Fox family after serving as a popular contributor.

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Bongino will tackle the week’s most pressing headlines, drawing on his experiences as a former law enforcement official to discuss Americans’ top priorities: liberty, security, and their families. Viewers can expect Bongino’s passionate and powerful voice on topics from policing to censorship.

Gowdy, on the other hand, will appear on Sundays.

His new show will go on at 7 p.m., which will replace the primetime repeat of “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace.

The official press release alongside the announcement of Gowdy’s addition explains he will be drawing on his legal experience in his new role.

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Gowdy will utilize his signature mixture of wisdom, humor, historical references and insightful analysis to offer the audience a new outlook on the latest issues facing the country. Capitalizing on his experiences as a former prosecutor and Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Gowdy will break down the latest legal and political news from across the nation and offer his seasoned perspective while providing viewers with the tools to draw their own conclusions.

Both newly announced hosts are scheduled to join Fox News in June.

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Chris Wallace announces abrupt departure from Fox News ...

12-12-2021 · 12:00 p.m. UPDATE: Shortly after Wallace announced his departure from Fox News, CNN announced that Wallace is joining their network.Wallace is joining CNN as anchor for the network's new subscription platform — CNN+ — that will debut in 2022."I am thrilled to join CNN+. After decades in broadcast and cable news, I am excited to explore the world

12-12-2021

12:00 p.m. UPDATE: Shortly after Wallace announced his departure from Fox News, CNN announced that Wallace is joining their network.

Wallace is joining CNN as anchor for the network's new subscription platform — CNN — that will debut in 2022.

"I am thrilled to join CNN . 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,” Wallace said in a statement. “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."

Read the original story about Wallace's departure from Fox News below.

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Fox News anchor Chris Wallace announced Sunday that he is immediately leaving the network.

What are the details?

After working at Fox News for 18 years, Wallace announced his abrupt departure at the conclusion of "Fox News Sunday," the show he has anchored since 2003.

"After 18 years, this is my final 'Fox News Sunday.' It is the last time — and I say this with real sadness — we will meet like this," Wallace said.

"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," Wallace continued. "I have been free to report to the best of my ability, to cover the stories I think are important, to hold our country’s leaders to account. It’s been a great ride."

"We’ve covered five presidential elections, interviewed every president since George H.W. Bush, travelled the world — sitting down with France’s Emanuel Macron and Russia’s Vladimir Putin. And I’ve gotten to spend Sunday mornings with you," Wallace said. "It may sound corny, but I feel we’ve built a community here. There’s a lot you can do on Sundays. The fact you’ve chosen to spend this hour with us is something I cherish."

Fox News' Chris Wallace: "After 18 years, I have decided to leave Fox. I want to try something new, to go beyond politics, to all of the things I'm interested in."pic.twitter.com/vgMF8Ktdnr

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Wallace did not provide many details about why he is leaving Fox News, other than saying he wants to shift his career "beyond politics."

"I want to try something new, to go beyond politics to all the things I’m interested in. I’m ready for a new adventure," Wallace said.

Before joining Fox News in 2003, Wallace worked at NBC News and ABC News. A source told Variety that Wallace could be headed to CNN.

What did Fox News say?

The network did not provide any additional details about the nature of Wallace's abrupt departure.

However, the network said that several anchors will host "Fox News Sunday" in the coming weeks until a permanent host is named.

"We are extremely proud of our journalism and the stellar team that Chris Wallace was a part of for 18 years," a statement from Fox News said. "The legacy of FOX News Sunday will continue with our star journalists, many of whom will rotate in the position until a permanent host is named."

Anything else?

Conservative writer Jonah Goldberg said he does not think it was Wallace's plan just one month ago to leave Fox News, suggesting something internal happened to prompt Wallace's abrupt departure.

Wow. Suffice it to say, I don\u2019t think this was the plan a month ago.https://twitter.com/joshrogin/status/1470045795613356052\u00a0\u2026

— Jonah Goldberg (@Jonah Goldberg) 1639321468

Goldberg himself left Fox News last month — after working as a Fox News contributor for more than a decade — in protest of host Tucker Carlson.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include the announcement that Wallace is joining CNN.

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Fox anchor Chris Wallace is leaving network for CNN+ after ...

12-12-2021 · 13 hours ago · Fox News anchor Chris Wallace abruptly announced on Sunday he's leaving the network after 18 years, effective immediately. Wallace is leaving to host a weekly show at CNN's streaming service CNN+ ...

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Chris Wallace on the set of "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace" at FOX News D.C. Bureau on June 4, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace abruptly announced on Sunday he's leaving the network after 18 years, effective immediately.

Wallace is leaving to host a weekly show at CNN's streaming service CNN , which will debut in the first quarter of 2022.

The veteran host of the flagship "Fox News Sunday" said he was ready for a change.

"I want to try something new, to go beyond politics to all the things I'm interested in. I'm ready for a new adventure," Wallace said in a statement that aired on his final show. Wallace didn't provide additional details on his new endeavor, but said he hoped fans would "check it out."

Fox News will fill the spot with rotating hosts until a new anchor is named, the company said in a press release.

Wallace, the son of late "60 Minutes" correspondent Mike Wallace, was known as one of the main straight news journalists at Fox News, which largely targets more conservative and right-wing audiences.

"Eighteen years ago, the bosses here at Fox promised they would never interfere with a guest I booked or a question I asked. And they have kept that promise," Wallace said.

Wallace's sudden departure follows a period of shakeups in the cable news world. MSNBC host and former "NBC Nightly News" anchor and managing editor Brian Williams announced last month he was leaving the network at the end of the year. Williams said he expected he would "pop up again somewhere."

CNN also fired its primetime anchor Chris Cuomo earlier this month, after "new information" came to light during a review of how he helped his brother and former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo respond to sexual harassment allegations. In a statement, Cuomo said he was disappointed in CNN's decision.

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UPDATE: Chris Wallace Announces He's Leaving 'Fox News ...

“Chris Wallace is leaving Fox News. He is set to join CNN’s soon-to-launch streaming platform CNN+, as first reported by Variety and confirmed by Mediaite,” wrote Joe DePaolo. In a statement published on Sunday, CNN+ confirmed that Wallace was joining the streaming service. As part of that statement, Wallace said: I am thrilled to join CNN+.

UPDATE: According to Mediaite and Variety, Chris Wallace would be joining CNN following his departure from Fox News and Fox News Sunday. Check below for more information.

UPDATE 2: CNN Confirms Wallace is joining CNN

At the end of his show, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace announced that after 18 years, he would be leaving his show to cryptically pursue an endeavor “beyond politics” and for his own interests. An endeavor he described as a “new adventure.” But according to new reporting, he seemed to be jumping ship to swim over to CNN.

According to reporting from Variety, “A person familiar with the matter suggested Wallace may be jumping to CNN Plus.” This was later confirmed by Mediaite. “Chris Wallace is leaving Fox News. He is set to join CNN’s soon-to-launch streaming platform CNN , as first reported by Variety and confirmed by Mediaite,” wrote Joe DePaolo.

In a statement published on Sunday, CNN confirmed that Wallace was joining the streaming service. As part of that statement, Wallace said:

I am thrilled to join CNN . 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.

(…)

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.

“Finally, a personal note,” he declared on his now-former Sunday show. “After 18 years. This is my final Fox News Sunday. It is the last time – and I say this with real sadness – we will meet like this.”

Wallace didn’t seem to be bitter or angry with his employer. In fact, he praised his bosses for letting him run the show the way he wanted:

18 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. I have been free to report to the best of my ability to cover the stories I think are important, to hold our country's leaders to account.

He reminisced and thanked his audience:

It's been a great ride. We've covered five presidential elections interviewed every president since George H. W. Bush. Traveled the world sitting down with France's Emmanuel Macron and Russia's Vladimir Putin.

And I've gotten to spend Sunday mornings with you. It may sound corny, but I feel we built a community here. There's a lot you can do on Sunday mornings. The fact you've chosen to spend this hour with us is something I cherish.

"But after 18 years, I have decided to leave Fox. I want to try something new; to go beyond politics to all the things I'm interested in. I'm ready for a new adventure. And I hope you'll check it out,” he said. “And so, for the last time, dear friends, that's it for today have a great week. And I hope you'll keep watching Fox News Sunday.”

Wallace’s recent years with the network were a bit of a mixed bag. In October of 2020, Wallace complained on Fox News Channel about former President Trump’s conduct during the debate he moderated, equating it to Trump stomping on his cake:

And I felt like I had gotten together all of the ingredients. I had baked this beautiful, delicious cake. And then, frankly, the President put his foot in it. And that was frustrating, because -- frustrating for me, because I tried hard to prepare for a serious debate.

But he held the Democrats to account too. Back in April, he confronted Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg about President Biden’s proposed infrastructure slush fund. Asking, “Why mislead folks” about how many jobs it will create?

He also called out machinations from President Biden and radical Democrats for their “anti-constitutional” and “bone-headed” plan to pack the Supreme Court.

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13-12-2021 · Longtime Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace is departing the show – and the network as a whole – in favour of rival channel CNN’s streaming service, CNN+. There appears to be a trend. As Axios reports, cable news talent wars …

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After 18 years at the helm of weekly talk show Fox News Sunday (he joined in 2003), Chris Wallace announced yesterday that he would be departing both the weekly program and the network, effective immediately. Speculation about who will replace Chris Wallace is understandably rife – what do we know so far?

Why did Chris Wallace leave Fox News?

Longtime Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace is departing the show – and the network as a whole – in favour of rival channel CNN’s streaming service, CNN .

There appears to be a trend. As Axios reports, cable news talent wars are “shifting to streaming platforms”. 

Primetime cable slots and the Sunday shows – of which Chris Wallace’s former gig is an example – are “no longer the most opportunistic placements for major TV talent”.

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In this vein, Wallace is just the latest in a string of sign-offs from cable TV. MSNBC’s Brian Williams announced on November 10 that he would be leaving NBC News after 28 years; Chris Cuomo lost his job at CNN on Saturday.

The Guardian reported yesterday that the Cuomo “mess” reveals some of the peril that “news-as-entertainment” is in.

Who will replace Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday?

The Daily Beast quotes a statement from Fox News Media as saying the “legacy of FOX News Sunday will continue with our star journalists, many of whom will rotate in the position until a permanent host is named”.

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Fox News will apparently “rely on rotating anchors for the Sunday show” until they find a permanent replacement.

It is not yet clear who will host this Sunday’s episode. 

However, sports media company OutKick has apparently learned that the network will rotate the following on Fox News Sunday, following Chris Wallace’s departure: Bret Baier, Bill Hemmer, John Roberts, Shannon Bream, Neil Catuvo, Martha MacCallum, Harris Faulkmer and Jen Griffin.

OutKick journalist Bobby Burack tweeted yesterday that Wallace leaving Fox News means several high profile television news roles are now open.

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There are an unprecedented number of high profile news media openings right now:• CNN at 9 pm• Fox News Sunday• Fox News 7 pm• MSNBC 11 pm• MSNBC 9 pm (expected)• GMA Weekend

• And eyes are on CBS News with Norah O'Donnell and Gayle King's contracts coming up