Following the announcement that CNN+, after spending about $300 million dollars and airing for less than a month, would be closing, many people took jabs at Chris Wallace.
He’d left Fox shortly beforehand, obviously counting on getting a large check and hiding his greed by blaming Fox’s rightward drift as the reason for his departure.
Along with that came speculation about what Wallace will end up doing: he’s already said he’s done with politics and wants CNN’s open 9 pm slot, a slot Cuomo used to fill, but his unpopularity makes that unlikely, as does CNN’s claim that it wants to fill that slot with a news program rather than yet another unwatched talking head program.
Well, now Chris has finally spoken out about the CNN+ disaster and what he’ll be up to come end of April, at which point his show will be ended despite having only ended a few times so far.
Speaking on the issue during a Sunday night panel discussion hosted by the Common Ground Committee, Wallace said “I am going to be fine” and then added to that, saying “I’m in good shape, whether it’s at CNN or someplace else.”
Watch him here:
However, other than that small statement and a few other relatively tame ones, the anchor refused to say much that would embarrass the network or show his true feelings about the CNN collapse and his departing for it shortly before the whole project fell apart in quite disastrous fashion. As noted by the Washington Post:
For the most part, though, Wallace declined the moderator’s offer to “make news” about his future or discuss the possibility that he will join CNN’s main television network. “No, I can’t make news, and no, I don’t know,” he told former CBS News journalist Jacqueline Adams, who moderated the event for the nonpartisan, nonprofit group. “My gosh, Jackie, it just happened on Thursday. Give me a couple of days.”
One certain thing is that Wallace will not be returning to Fox: In March, three months after he departed, he told the New York Times that he “no longer felt comfortable with the programming at Fox,” citing its far-right pundits who tried to raise doubts about the outcome of the 2020 election or whether the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol was truly an insurrection.
Because of that, it’s unclear where Wallace will go. As the Washington Post said, Fox won’t want him. Plus, in his departure from Fox despite its longstanding relationship with him, he showed a lack of loyalty that other businesses certainly won’t want to see. And beyond that, Wallace is, though not a conservative, something of a moderate, which will likely make it hard for him to find work at a leftist channel like MSNBC.
Then there’s the fact that no one wanted to watch his show and the network he was meant to appear on folded within a month, which isn’t a great sign for employers.
So, while Wallace might be saying he’ll be fine and find a place to work, the details on that are so unclear that it looks much more like he’ll have a hard time finding a job unless he tacks to the hard left.