Christmas came early for millions of Fox News viewers on Sunday.
According to the Washington Examiner, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, who has helmed the show for 18 years, announced on Sunday that it would be his last broadcast on the highest-rated cable news network.
In his surprising and short farewell address, Wallace cited a desire to “try something new.” While he didn’t reveal specifics of his plan, it was reportedly shortly after his announcement that he’ll take a position with CNN for their upcoming, new streaming service, as The Hill reported.
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Wallace praises Fox
In his farewell, Wallace had nothing but nice things to say about Fox News, for now. The anchor noted that he was always provided full journalistic freedom and no interference from top brass at the network.
“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,” the departing anchor said.
Fox News, in return, released a statement praising their highly-rated Sunday talk show host, saying the network is “extremely proud” of Wallace’s work over the past 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 announced.
Wallace told his viewers in the final moments of the show that he hopes they’ll follow him as he begins his next journey. At the time, it was unclear what that journey might be, but shortly after the end of the show, reports emerged that confirmed he’ll be joining CNN for their new streaming service.
Suffice it to say that Wallace probably won’t be taking many Fox viewers with him to CNN.
As The Hill noted, Wallace will helm a new daytime show on the network’s streaming service, known as CNN+, “that will feature interviews with people involved in politics, business, sports and culture,” a CNN statement indicated.
“It is not often that a news organization gets the opportunity to bring someone of Chris Wallace’s caliber on board. He is as fine a journalist as there is in our business. This speaks volumes about our commitment to journalism and CNN+, and we are thrilled to have Chris on the ground floor of helping us build the next generation of CNN and news,” CNN head Jeff Zucker said.