Fox News host Chris Wallace announced on Sunday that he is parting ways with the network after 18 years, citing a desire to "try something new."
"After 18 years, this is my final Fox News Sunday," Wallace said. "It is the last time, and I say this with real sadness, we will meet like this."
"I want to try something new, to go beyond politics, to all the things I'm interested in," Wallace said. "I'm ready for a new adventure, and I hope you'll check it out."
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JUST IN: After 18 years, Chris Wallace has announced he will no longer host 'Fox News Sunday'. pic.twitter.com/EEZxnUVmGp— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 12, 2021
Wallace explained that 18 years ago, his bosses at the network promised him that "they would never interfere with a guest I booked or a question I asked," adding that they've kept their word over the years.
"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," Wallace said.
Wallace first joined the network and 2003, and has worked in the broadcasting industry for more than 50 years, according to his biography on the Fox News website.
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"We are extremely proud of our journalism and the stellar team that Chris Wallace was a part of for 18 years," Fox News said in a statement regarding Wallace's departure. "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."
CNN's Brian Stelter announced on-air that it's official -- Chris Wallace is joining CNN+ to anchor a weekday show on the streaming service. pic.twitter.com/Nt94hYXTA7— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) December 12, 2021
Amid the buzz surrounding Wallace's departure, CNN issued a statement confirming that Wallace would be joining CNN+, the networks new video streaming service set to launch in 2022.
"I am thrilled to join CNN+," Wallace said in the press release. "After decades in broadcast and cable news, I am excited to explore the world of streaming. I look forward to the new freedom and flexibility streaming affords in interviewing major figures across the news landscape — and finding new ways to tell stories."