Chris Wallace, the longtime host of “Fox News Sunday,” is leaving the Fox News network for the new startup streaming service CNN+, which is set to launch in early 2022. Wallace made the announcement Dec. 12 on his show.
“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,” Wallace said in a statement.
Fox, in a statement, said it remains “extremely proud” of its journalism and the “stellar team” Wallace was a part of.
“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,” Fox said.
Without mentioning CNN, the liberal-leaning network owned by WarnerMedia, Wallace, son of late CBS “60 Minutes” icon Mike Wallace, said he left to pursue “something new … beyond politics” covering topics he’s also interested in.
CNN+ will feature original, live, on demand and interactive programming as a standalone direct-to-consumer service with offerings that are separate from CNN, CNN International, HLN and CNN en Español linear TV channels. At launch, the unpriced platform will stream upwards of 12 hours of live, daily programming offering topical deep dives and lifestyle content with viewers able to connect directly with anchors and experts in real time conversations.
“I’m ready for a new adventure,” Wallace said. “And I hope you’ll check it out.”
In a separate statement released by CNN, Wallace said he looks forward to the new “freedom and flexibility” streaming affords in interviewing major figures across the news landscape.