That didn’t take long: CNN announces Chris Wallace joining network as anchor on streaming service

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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:

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.”

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.

They were equally amused by CNN’s apparent belief that recruiting him will help.

Look:

Critics also noted the irony of CNN hiring someone from the network that its hosts have spent years smearing as “racist.”

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:

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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