Chris Wallace Leaving Fox News After 18 Years

by Leanne Stahulak
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Chris Wallace, who’s anchored at Fox News for 18 years, announced his departure from the network on Sunday.

According to The Daily Mail, a source claims he’s looking to join CNN’s new streaming service, CNN+. The source did not say what his involvement would be with the streaming service, which will launch next year.

Wallace announced his exit early this morning, on what would be his last “Fox News Sunday” show. Here’s his announcement in full:

“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,” Chris Wallace said. “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 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,” Wallace continued. “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 Emanuel Macron and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.”

Chris Wallace added, “And I’ve gotten to spend Sunday mornings with you. 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 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,” Wallace concluded. “And so – for the last time, dear friends – that’s it for today. Have a great week. And I hope you’ll keep watching.”

What’s Next for Veteran Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace?

Chris Wallace’s contract with Fox expired this year, after getting renewed in 2017. This makes his departure more understandable, especially since he claimed he wanted to explore other interests outside politics. If he does in fact join CNN+, then perhaps he’ll cover other journalistic topics.

In the meantime, Fox News claimed that different network hosts will rotate through Wallace’s Fox News Sunday. They released a statement about Christ Wallace’s departure, singing the longtime journalist’s praises.

“We are extremely proud of our journalism and the stellar team that Chris Wallace was a part of for 18 years,” the network wrote earlier. “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.”