Is Chris Wallace leaving Fox News?

FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace announced on Sunday he is leaving the station after nearly two decades.

Wallace signed a new contract with Fox News in 2017 but he has now decided to leave to pursue other endeavors.

Why is Chris Wallace leaving Fox News Sunday?

Chris Wallace hosted Fox News Sunday for the last 18 years but says it is now time to take a step back from politics.

In his announcement, Wallace said he wants "to try something new, to go beyond politics to all the things I'm interested in."

The news came on Sunday morning during his show.

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"After 18 years – this is my final Fox News Sunday. It is the last time – and I say this with real sadness – we will meet like this," Wallace said at the end of the program.

"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 said.

"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."

What is Chris Wallace's history with Fox News?

Wallace is the son of the former 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace and first worked for NBC News and ABC News before moving to Fox News Sunday in 2003.

He is known as a tough interviewer and has worked through five presidential elections and moderated two presidential debates in 2016 and 2020.

In the 2020 debates between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, Wallace said the debates needed fewer interruptions.

"I think the country would be better served if we allowed both people to speak with fewer interruptions," Wallace told Trump during the debate.

"I’m appealing to you, sir, to do that."

In what has previously been referred to as interrogation-style interviewing techniques, Wallace has said in previous interviews that it is his job to keep politicians honest.

In a 2018 interview with Town & Country Magazine, Wallace said, “I view my job as being the cop on the beat, walking around with a nightstick and trying to keep people honest—both Republicans and Democrats."

Where is he headed to next?

The LA Times reported a source familiar with Wallace's career said Wallace may be heading to CNN Plus, a new streaming service set to be released next year.

Although Wallace has not announced where he will appear next, he told his viewers to "check it out."

"I’m ready for a new adventure. And I hope you’ll check it out," he said.

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