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And he’s GONE!
Longtime Fox News host Chris Wallace, a frequent target of criticism from the network’s mostly conservative base, is packing his bags and relocating elsewhere.
“After 18 years — this is my final Fox News Sunday,” Wallace, a registered Democrat, announced from the set of Fox News’ “Fox News Sunday.”
“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,” he continued.
“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.”
He concluded by saying he wants “to try something new” and is “ready for a new adventure,” though he didn’t specify where.
Fox News’ mostly conservative base quickly responded on Twitter by speculating that he was headed to one of America’s most left-wing networks, CNN:
#BREAKING: Chris Wallace announces he’s QUITTING Fox News and ‘Fox News Sunday.’ Today was his last show.
My bet? He’s going to CNN+.
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) December 12, 2021
How much do you want to bet Chris Wallace goes to CNN?
— Amy Tarkanian (@MrsT106) December 12, 2021
So what time slot will Chris Wallace be getting at CNN?
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) December 12, 2021
Probably looking to be anchor on CNN
— The IT guy #100🙏🇺🇸👨👧👧👨🏼✈️💻🤙🏼🏈🎬🎷☂️ (@COL_James83) December 12, 2021
take over for cuomo
— Angel P. Rophet (@AngeliqProphet) December 12, 2021
And not shockingly given Wallace’s left-wing bona-fides, they were mostly correct. While he won’t be taking over for disgraced former host Chris Cuomo, he will nevertheless be setting up shop at the left-wing network.
“Chris Wallace is joining CNN as an anchor for CNN+, the much-anticipated streaming subscription service that will debut in Q1 2022,” CNN announced in a press release published a tad before noon Sunday.
“Praised as an ‘equal opportunity inquisitor’ by The Boston Globe and ‘an aggressive journalist,’ ‘sharp edged’ and ‘solid’ by The Washington Post, Wallace’s new show will feature interviews with newsmakers across politics, business, sports and culture. The new weekday show will contribute to CNN+’s slate of original, live programming and will be available at launch.”
We’re thrilled to welcome Chris Wallace to CNN as an anchor for @CNNPlus. His new weekday show will feature interviews with newsmakers across politics, business, sports and culture & will contribute to CNN+’s slate of live programming available at launch. https://t.co/6dgFzBd2QT pic.twitter.com/h8djkxClsB
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) December 12, 2021
The press release even included a statement from the so-called adventurer.
“I am thrilled to join CNN+. After decades in broadcast and cable news, I am excited to explore the world of streaming,” Wallace said.
“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.”
Critics were amused by him being “honored and delighted” to set up shop with an extremely biased “news” network whose ratings are in the gutter.
— Esther (@EstherRossi77) December 12, 2021
Wow– CNN’s ratings are lousy. pic.twitter.com/Qe2IZQADbv
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 10, 2021
They were equally amused by CNN’s apparent belief that recruiting him will help.
Doesn’t bother me at all. I’m just upset it wasn’t sooner.
The thing I find hilarious is that clearly CNN thinks that this will boost their ratings 🤣🤣🤣
— Mr Reagan 🇺🇸 (@MrReaganUSA) December 12, 2021
So CNN lured Wallace to their network expecting ratings to increase? A replacement for Cuomo? How unbelievably wrong they are. Wallace doesn’t have a following on Fox to take with him. He’s a RINO, always has been, but is now the Democrats’ problem.
— Pamela Epps (@PamelaEpps15) December 12, 2021
Fox has been kicking their ass in ratings for the last few years..they think Chris Wallace will help them…LMAO!!! pic.twitter.com/mqjPWEIw1f
— Queenie B (@Q11Bre) December 12, 2021
Critics also noted the irony of CNN hiring someone from the network that its hosts have spent years smearing as “racist.”
— Dr. Interracial 🇺🇸 (@sandyleevincent) December 12, 2021
In fact, the great irony is that so many members of CNN’s audience have been brainwashed into assuming the worst about Fox News that the network could conceivably wind up seeing its ratings drop even further.
Case in point:
CNN WHICH OWNED BT AT&T WHICH SUPPORTS THE NEW TEXAS ABORTION LAW MAKING ANOTHER MOVE SUPPORTING THE ANTI DEMOCRACY REPUBLICAN MOVEMENT. I WILL NOT BE WATCHING THIS NETWORK EVER AGAIN.
— TheBaldDude (@TheBaldDude) December 12, 2021
Chris Wallace allowed election denier Lindsey Graham to spread misinformation and lies without accountability
If this is a preview of what’s to come, then you can count me out on CNN +
— Jonathan Jewel (@jonathanjewel) December 12, 2021
Really? Whose idea was this? Are you hoping to get more Fox viewers? They hate him, and your viewers won’t appreciate his conservative views, so you’ll lose them as well! It’s MSNBC for me now! Bad move!
— Tess Durberville (@GahnCindy) December 12, 2021
As for Fox News, the network intends to “rotate” hosts until a permanent one is named.
“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,” a spokesperson said in a statement to the media.
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