Fox anchor Chris Wallace leaves network for CNN + after 18 years

Chris Wallace on the set of “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace” at the FOX News DC Bureau on June 4, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Fox News presenter Chris Wallace abruptly announced on Sunday that he was leaving the network after 18 years, effective immediately.

Wallace is leaving to host a weekly show on CNN’s streaming service CNN +, which will debut in the first quarter of 2022.

The veteran flagship “Fox News Sunday” host has said he’s ready for a change.

“I want to try something new, go beyond politics to whatever interests me. I’m ready for a new adventure,” Wallace said in a statement released on his last show. Wallace did not provide additional details about his new venture, but said he hoped fans would “check it out.”

Fox News will fill the position with rotating hosts until a new presenter is appointed, the company said in a press release.

“Eighteen years ago Fox bosses promised they would never interfere with a guest I booked or a question I asked. And they kept that promise,” Wallace said. .

Wallace’s sudden departure follows a period of upheaval in the world of cable news. MSNBC host and former NBC Nightly News anchor and editor Brian Williams announced last month that he was leaving the network at the end of the year. Williams said he expected him to “reappear somewhere”.

CNN also fired its prime-time anchor Chris Cuomo earlier this month after “new information” came to light during a review of how he helped his brother and former New York governor Andrew Cuomo to respond to allegations of sexual harassment. In a statement, Cuomo said he was disappointed with CNN’s decision.

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