“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace announced Sunday that it’s his last show on the network after nearly two decades.
“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,” he 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. 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,” Wallace continued.
“We’ve covered five presidential elections, interviewed every president since George H.W. Bush, traveled the world — sitting down with France’s Emanuel Macron and Russia’s Vladimir Putin. And I’ve gotten to spend Sunday mornings with you. It may sound corny, but I feel we’ve built a community here,” he added.
“There’s a lot you can do on Sundays. 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,” said the host, going on to suggest that he will be taking on new projects, though he did not elaborate.
“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,” he said.
Fox News officials added their own 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,” the network said.
It’s not clear what motivated Wallace to call it quits at the network after so many years, but no doubt speculation is already running rampant.
That said, Wallace’s recent tenure at the right-leaning network has turned heads and raised the ire of viewers following tough interviews with then-President Donald Trump and other conservatives.
For instance, after hosting the rocky, tumultuous first debate between Trump and then-presidential nominee Joe Biden, Wallace was accused of being a lackey for the Democratic contender.
At one point, Trump said, as Wallace mischaracterized his health care plan, “I guess I’m debating you, not him.” Others accused Wallace of interrupting Trump on multiple occasions, while largely giving Biden a pass. And even fellow Fox News host Brian Kilmeade observed that Biden was essentially permitted to interrupt Trump, but not the other way around.
— Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) September 30, 2020
Following the debate, Wallace went on to have a contentious interview with top Trump campaign adviser Steve Cortes, currently a Newsmax TV co-host.
“[Trump] had debated Biden, but you as well. You were not a neutral moderator then. I don’t mind tough questions, but what I don’t think it’s OK is for you to become the effective opposition to the president,” Cortez told Wallace at one point.
Editor’s Note: Post was altered after publication to properly identify Chris Wallace in opening sentence.
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