Long-time “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace announced on Sunday that he would no longer be hosting the weekly political news show, saying he was leaving to pursue opportunities “beyond politics.”
“After 18 years — this is my final Fox News Sunday. It is the last time — and I say this with real sadness — we will meet like this,” Wallace said at the end of the program.
Wallance praised network bosses for providing him independence and allowing him to report on key stories over the years.
“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. 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. It’s been a great ride.”
Wallace also said he wants “to try something new, to go beyond politics to all the things I’m interested in.”
“I’m ready for a new adventure,” he added. “And I hope you’ll check it out.”
Fox News Media said in a statement that the company is “extremely proud of our journalism and the stellar team that Chris Wallace was a part of for 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,” it added.
Wallace, the son of famed “60 Minutes” reporter Mike Wallace, began his career in broadcast journalism at NBC News in 1975, rising to become the network’s chief White House correspondent.
Wallace later worked at ABC News for nearly 15 years before it was announced that he would be joining Fox News in 2003, taking over for former Fox News Sunday host Tony Snow.
This is an excerpt from The Hill.
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