“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.
“Eighteen years ago, the bosses here at Fox promised me they would never interfere with a guest I booked or a question I asked,” Wallace said. “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.”
He added: “And I’ve gotten to spend Sunday mornings with you. It may sound corny, but I feel we’ve built a community here. There’s a lot you can do on Sunday mornings. The fact you’ve chosen to spend this hour with us is something I cherish.”
But Wallace wants to “try something new, to go beyond politics to all the things I’m interested in,” he said. “I’m ready for a new adventure. And I hope you’ll check it out.”
He did not give any details about that “adventure.”
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.”
Wallace has been viewed as methodical, even-tempered and never showy, in contrast to his father Mike Wallace, the legendary “60 Minutes” reporter who relished his reputation as the interviewer no one wanted to see on the doorstep.
Chris Wallace was a White House correspondent with NBC in the 1980s and he left ABC News in 2003 for his own Sunday show at Fox.
In 2016, Wallace became the first Fox journalist to moderate a general election presidential debate.
The network’s statement said it 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.”
Contributing: The Associated Press
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