Former Fox News star has trashed his old network as “unsustainable” while discussing his move to CNN.
As he gets ready to start his new job at CNN, Wallace broke his silence about his move to a rival network by attacking his former colleagues in a new interview.
“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.”
“I’m fine with opinion: conservative opinion, liberal opinion.
“But when people start to question the truth — ‘Who won the 2020 election?’ ‘Was Jan. 6 an insurrection?’ — I found that unsustainable.
“I spent a lot of 2021 looking to see if there was a different place for me to do my job.
“Some people might have drawn the line earlier, or at a different point.
“I think Fox has changed over the course of the last year and a half.
“But I can certainly understand where somebody would say, ‘Gee, you were a slow learner, Chris.’
“I wanted to get out of politics.
“Doing a Sunday show on the incremental change from week to week in the Build Back Better plan began to lose its attraction.
“One of the reasons that I left Fox was because I wanted to put all of that behind me, there has not been a moment when I have second-guessed myself about that decision.”
Chris Wallace: working at Fox News became ‘unsustainable’ after election https://t.co/doS0ElXQD1
— Guardian news (@guardiannews) March 27, 2022
Here it is — Chris Wallace’s “first extensive interview” about his decision to leave Fox and join CNN+ — @grynbaum has the story https://t.co/o3Rnznhfhk
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 27, 2022
From The Hill:
Wallace, who was an anchor at Fox News for decades, hosting “Fox News Sunday” and moderating several presidential debates — sent shock waves through the political media landscape in December when he announced he would be leaving his job at the cable news giant.
Hours after his announcement, CNN revealed Wallace would be joining its new streaming service, CNN+, which launches this week. The streaming service will feature a number of news and feature shows from CNN’s top talent, including a sit-down interview-style program hosted by Wallace.
In the interview with the Times, Wallace confirmed reports that he had grown uncomfortable with comments and segments from leading Fox hosts about the 2020 presidential election and Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Trump.