Fox News defector Chris Wallace, who reportedly makes $9 million annually, joined CNN+ news streaming service to pursue a lucrative job and get away from Tucker Carlson.
CNN+ was pulled from the air only three weeks after it launched leaving Wallace jobless.
Earlier this month we learned that Wallace’s interview show will get a second chance at HBO Max, though.
New owners Warner Bros. Discovery will move Wallace’s Who’s Talking To Chris Wallace to its HBO streaming service. According to Puck, the company is concentrating its cord-cutting investments.
During an interview with The New York Times early last month, the former “Fox News Sunday” host took a number of shots at his former employer.
“I’m fine with opinion: conservative opinion, liberal opinion,” he said of leaving Fox News. “But when people start to question the truth — Who won the 2020 election? Was Jan. 6 an insurrection? — I found that unsustainable.”
According to him, he spent “a lot of 2021 looking to see if there was a different place for me to do my job.”
Wallace said he was “so alarmed by Mr. Carlson’s documentary ‘Patriot Purge’ — which falsely suggested the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was a ‘false flag’ operation intended to demonize conservatives — that he complained directly to Fox News management.”
“Before, I found it was an environment in which I could do my job and feel good about my involvement at Fox,” he continued before whining, “And since November of 2020, that just became unsustainable, increasingly unsustainable as time went on.”
Now we get to find out a little more about the stuffy former anchor.
In Kellyanne Conway’s new book, she goes after Wallace and she does not hold back.
The former Donald Trump campaign manager and White House adviser slammed Wallace for bullying her in an excerpt from “Here’s The Deal.”
She mentioned a Fox News interview in which Wallace mentioned her husband, George Conway. She was asked about how George was a noted Never-Trumper who often tweeted insults toward Donald Trump during her time in the White House.
“This especially newsy weekend also included a surge in border crossings and Trump’s announcement that he was challenging Obamacare through the courts,” Conway writes in the book.
“I addressed all of that in response to Wallace’s questions. I held forth with facts and figures about the southern border and the state of healthcare and insurance coverage. Wallace, a ratings-hungry anchor, had a full plate of breaking news in front of him,” Conway went on. “But he still found time to fit the other Conway into my segment.”
“He introduced a new spin on the matter, echoing a theory from New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who had told me at the British ambassador’s residence one night that she had declined an assignment from Vanity Fair to write a piece about George and me.”
“As if he were covering the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 or the building of the border wall in 2019, Wallace asked me a question about my husband: ‘Do you think he’s cyberbullying here to try to get you to quit?’” she continued. “Do you think he’s jealous of your high profile?’”
“I had sadly and privately concluded that yes and possible were the answers to those questions, even though I was not going to be real-time and real-life bullied into discussing all this on national television,” she added. “Rather, I quickly shut down the line of inquiry. My children did not need their parents attacking each other publicly.”
“I was speaking as a mother, not just as a senior counselor or a spouse. But Wallace, the hard-news guy, was unmoved. He persisted and went for the clickbait.”
“I guess the question I have to ask, bottom line, final question: Has this hurt your marriage?” her book states, directly quoting Wallace.
“Oh, Chris, what are you, Oprah now? I mean, what am I — on a couch and you are a psychiatrist?” she hit back.
Conway in fact attacks her husband for his behavior in the book and claims that his actions are a violation of their marriage vows.
According to Conway, the first woman to run a successful presidential campaign, it became increasingly difficult to handle her husband’s comments about her boss, as he “cheating by tweeting.”
George Conway criticized Trump relentlessly to the point that it negatively affected their marriage, though she was a faithful advocate for Trump.
The following is an excerpt from the book describing a particular case:
HEADING INTO THE school year in the fall of 2018, all four Conway children were thriving. They were with me full-time in D.C.
My mom had moved in with us to help with my Core Four.
George was spending chunks of time in New York at the firm, where he voluntarily went from partner to an of-counsel role, spending his nights alone at our house in Alpine, New Jersey, 240 miles away from D.C.
The numbers don’t lie. During this time, the frequency and ferocity of his tweets accelerated. Clearly he was cheating by tweeting. I was having a hard time competing with his new fling.
I had already said publicly what I’d said privately to George: that his daily deluge of insults-by-tweet against my boss—or, as he put it sometimes, “the people in the White House”—violated our marriage vows to “love, honor, and cherish” each other.
Those vows, of course, do not mean we must agree about politics or policies or even the president.
In our democracy, as in our marriage, George was free to disagree, even if it meant a complete 180 from his active support for Trump-Pence–My Wife–2016 and a whiplash change in character from privately brilliant to publicly bombastic.
“Whoop-de-do, George!” I said to him. “You are one of the millions of people who don’t like the president. Congrats.”
The usual silence.
I continued: “But you are one of one whose wife is a counselor to the president. You shouldn’t criticize me publicly. And when did you become so mean? That is so not you.”
George’s answers were always the same. Trump, Trump, Trump . . . The reflexive, obsessive, formulaic “but Trump” slur that permeated half the Congress and half the country was now dominating half the Conway couple.