Ah, you have to love it when pomposity gets punctured. If there ever was a face of that very concept, it would likely be Chris Wallace. Wallace fled Fox, which he had been on forever, for the wilds of CNN. Whether he thought Fox was beneath him after all those years or just that he would be more ideologically in line with CNN and the liberal mantra isn’t clear.
What is clear is that he went to CNN in the middle of a shake-up at the network, that has upended a number of the liberal partisans at the network, like Brian Stelter and John Harwood who both were shown the door. And it’s not gone well for him there.
Wallace went to CNN because Jeff Zucker promised him a weekday interview program on CNN+. But then Zucker got fired and CNN+ predictably tanked, leaving Wallace twisting in the wind.
An insider with knowledge of the situation told RadarOnline.com, “He went over there for Zucker and now Zucker is gone. Wallace feels that he has been stiffed. He’s got no staff, no Executive Producer, and the guy he gave up a prized gig for has just walked out the door.”
In April, CNN+ was shut down one month after launch, and Wallace’s show was put on ice. The new CNN CEO Chris Licht decided to keep the show and move it to Sunday night and has it airing on HBO Max at the same time.
Fox had a great troll of the CNN+ shutdown that included Wallace.
Fox News app is unmatched pic.twitter.com/k88BrN5K6m
— Abigail Marone 🇺🇸 (@abigailmarone) April 21, 2022
But the premiere of Wallace’s new show on Sunday was a bomb, with only 401,000 viewers in the time slot and only 43,000 in the critical 25-54 age demographic. By contrast, Trey Gowdy had more than three times that on Fox with his Sunday show, with 1.3 million, and 78 thousand in that key demo.
Word was that he was “irate” when Zucker was ousted. I’m just guessing that this news is going to make him more irate because after all his effort, people still don’t want to listen to him.
Fox Nation host Tammy Bruce summed up Wallace’s total downfall by citing the Radar Online story.
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) September 26, 2022
I’m not really sure who they thought his audience would be. But I’m guessing that he’s likely not long for the network because it seems to me that the new CEO Chris Licht doesn’t suffer failures. So start counting the moments until Wallace is out the door like Stelter and Harwood, or goes crawling back to Fox, begging for a job.