Speaking out for the first time since quitting Fox News in nearly two decades, Chris Wallace said continuing to stay with the conservative cable news giant has become “increasingly unsustainable” as stars network launched to push back against electoral denialism and January 6 trutherism.
In an extensive interview with New York Times was published Sunday, the 74-year-old respected news anchor also confirmed earlier reports that he had complained to Fox News management about Tucker Carlson’s documentary series Patriotic Purgebaselessly claiming that the Capitol riots were a “false flag” operation to justify a new “war on terror” against conservatives.
“I no longer feel comfortable with the show at Fox,” Wallace told Times.
“I’m fine with the views: conservative views, liberal views,” he added. “But when people started questioning the facts – Who won the 2020 election? Is January 6 a uprising? – I find that unsustainable. I have spent a lot of time in 2021 looking to see if there is another place for me to do my job.”
Wallace, who shocked the media world last December when he unexpectedly quit Fox News to host a daily interview program for rival CNN’s new streaming service, has warned about tough change at Fox News after former President Donald Trump’s 2020 election defeat.
Notably, this included the expansion of the network’s opinion program, the firing of its longtime political editor, who defended the network’s early and accurate election night forecast for Arizona, and the Carlson’s growing prominence. Before the election, Wallace had staunchly defended Fox News against his detractors for years while refusing to publicly condemn their harder-line hosts by name, even as he rose to prominence. voices rebutting their claims on the air.
“In the past, I saw it as an environment where I could do my job and feel good about my involvement at Fox,” notes Wallace. “And since November 2020, that’s become unsustainable, becoming more and more unsustainable over time.”
At the same time, former Fox News Sunday moderator admits that critics will say it took him too long to finally call it a layoff.
“Some people may have drawn the line earlier, or at a different point,” he claimed. “I think Fox has changed in the last year and a half. But I can certainly understand where someone would say, “Gee, you’re a slow learner, Chris.”
As for the Kremlin-friendly rhetoric promoted by Carlson and other Fox News personalities since Russia started the war in Ukraine, Wallace – who said he “wants to get out of politics” when he He dropped out of Sunday’s show – not in the mood to pick up any new battles.
“One of the reasons I left Fox was because I wanted to put all of that behind me,” he said, adding that “there was never a moment when I speculated on that decision.”
Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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