Chris Wallace signed off from his Fox News show Sunday morning with the announcement that it would be his last after 18 years on the network. He’ll join CNN as a weekday anchor for the breaking news outlet’s subscription streaming service, set to debut early next year.
“This is my final ‘Fox News Sunday,’ ” Wallace, 74, told viewers at the end of his weekly news show. “It is the last time – and I say this with real sadness – we will meet like this.”
Fox News confirmed his departure to USA TODAY, noting that a rotating cast of anchors will fill in for his time slot until a permanent replacement is announced.
“I am thrilled to join CNN+,” Wallace said in a news release from CNN. “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. As I embark on this adventure, I am honored and delighted to join Jeff Zucker and his great team. I can’t wait to get started.”
The news was shared with CNN employees in an internal memo Sunday shortly before it was announced publicly, CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter said on his show “Reliable Sources.”
Wallace did not share details during his Fox show about what his next step was but 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. And I hope you’ll check it out,” he said.
Wallace concluded: “And so – for the last time, dear friends – that’s it for today. Have a great week. And I hope you’ll keep watching ‘Fox News Sunday.’ ”