Long-time Fox News anchor Chris Wallace announced on Sunday that he was departing from the network effective immediately – taking a job at scandal-laden CNN.
Wallace announced that he was leaving “Fox News Sunday” after 18 years, as he concluded his final show with the news network.
“After 18 years, this is my final ‘Fox News Sunday,’” Wallace began. “It is the last time, and I say this with real sadness, we will meet like this.”
Wallace went on to praise the network for giving him the freedom to report things as he saw them and never telling him what to say or what not to say.
“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.”
“I’m ready for a new adventure, and I hope you’ll check it out. 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 concluded, signing off.
Wallace’s decision to join CNN comes at a time where the network has been hammered by a number of scandals, including the firing of former top host Chris Cuomo after it was uncovered he helped to cover up then-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s sexual misconduct scandal and a deeper investigation unearthed sexual harassment made against Chris Cuomo himself.
Late last week, news also broke that a senior CNN producer, who at one point used to work with Chris Cuomo, had been arrested for allegedly trying to lure young children into “sexual” training.
Wallace’s decision, however, did not leave too many political commentators missing him at Fox News. Wallace was known for being one of the more liberal leaning anchors on the supposedly conservative network so the move to the far-left network CNN simply makes sense.
Gerry Callahan, radio host said, “Best news of the weekend! This guy is the absolute worst. Maybe he can slide into the 9 pm slot at CNN and talk endlessly about his two favorite subjects: white supremacy and global warming. Good riddance to this fraud.”
Jeremy Boreing, Co-CEO, The Daily Wire said, “His performance as a 2020 presidential debate moderator should disqualify him from any position in journalism. Second only to Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz. Candy Crowley seems quaint after. Wallace may have been a straight news man before 2016, but Trump unmade him.”
Author: Jim Jennings