Chris Wallace Says Working At Fox News Became ‘Unsustainable’ With Election Coverage
Longtime Fox News anchor Chris Wallace explained his departure from the conservative news outlet in an interview with The New York Times published on Sunday, calling working at Fox “unsustainable.”
“I just no longer felt comfortable with the programming at Fox,” Wallace said.
“I’m fine with opinion: conservative opinion, liberal opinion,” he added. “But when people start to question the truth — Who won the 2020 election? Was Jan. 6 an insurrection? — I found that unsustainable.”
Wallace announced he was leaving Fox News Sunday last December and would be joining CNN+, CNN’s streaming service. His new show, Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace? will feature conversations with more than just political figures. Already slated to sit down with Wallace are Star Trek‘s William Shatner and former CEO of Disney, Bob Iger.
“I wanted to get out of politics,” Wallace said. “Doing a Sunday show on the incremental change from week to week in the Build Back Better plan began to lose its attraction.”
Wallace was known as a moderate voice at the increasingly right-leaning outlet. He was often lauded by both sides of the aisle for his unbiased coverage, including moderation of the 2016 and 2020 presidential debates and recent interviews with former President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Before, I found it was an environment in which I could do my job and feel good about my involvement at Fox,” Wallace said. “And since November of 2020, that just became unsustainable, increasingly unsustainable as time went on.”
Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace? will air on Tuesday.