Chris Wallace made the surprising announcement over the weekend that he is leaving Fox News to take a job at the new CNN streaming service CNN+. This is already backfiring on him, however, as radio host Howard Stern has humiliated Wallace by predicting that nobody will watch him at his new home.
“I always liked Chris Wallace on Fox News,” Stern said, according to Decider. “I always thought he was a level-headed guy. … The guy actually pulled it off where you kind of go ‘OK.’ He is good in his own right, Chris Wallace. But I saw after all the years on Fox News — I used to watch him on Fox News and go, ‘How does he put up with this s***?’”
“I gotta tell you. I said, who the fuck? People don’t watch CNN. Who the hell is going to pay for CNN+? Are they out of their mind? CNN+, I mean what is that? … Regular CNN isn’t enough?” he continued. “Chris Wallace is going to that. Good luck being seen on that thing. I mean, I like Chris Wallace, but I’m not paying a monthly service fee. … He was on Fox News for 18 years. I’m sure they’re pissed because they were pretty loyal to him. They probably weren’t coming up with the dough re mi.”
“I mean, they probably offered him some good money,” Stern concluded. “I don’t know, maybe he said to himself, they just had Jeffrey Toobin jerking off on a zoom meeting, and they didn’t really fire him, so that’s probably a good place to work. You can jerk off on your zoom and not get fired.”
Wallace announced his departure from Fox over the weekend.
“It is the last time, and I say this with real sadness, we will meet like this,” Wallace said, according to The Associated Press. “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.”
Wallace added that he wanted to “try something new, to go beyond politics to all the things I’m interested in.”
“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,” he continued.
Fox also addressed Wallace’s exit by saying, “We are 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.”