Chris Wallace feels 'stiffed' after he quit FOX to join CNN+ to work with Jeff Zucker
An insider said Chris 'went over there for Zucker and now Zucker is gone. Wallace feels that he has been stiffed'
The ousting of CNN President Jeff Zucker and his professional future at the news network has left Chris Wallace furious. Chris Wallace, son of the legendary Mike Wallace, announced that he was leaving Fox News after being with them for almost two decades. The next career move for Wallace is a prized gig at CNN's new outlet called CNN+, which is a video streaming space, as stated in December 2021.
At that time when the news was revealed, Wallace also mentioned that Zucker is one of the primary reasons he is making the switch. Wallace quit Fox News on December 12. Just a few hours before this announcement he said, "I am honored and delighted to join Jeff Zucker and his great team."
Similarly, Zucker spoke highly of Wallace too. Zucker said of Wallace, "It is not often that a news organization gets the opportunity to bring someone of Chris Wallace’s caliber on board." As mentioned, Wallace, 74 was slated by CNN for the highly awaited weekday interview program which has been planned to go live from next year onwards. This would be streamed on CNN+, a new digital streaming platform.
As WarnerMedia has ousted Jeff Zucker, Wallace was heard saying that he is “second guessing his decision” It is a known fact that Wallace makes around $8 to $10 million per year.
An insider said, "Chris is the type of person who makes it known if he doesn’t like something." The source added, "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."
Apparently, Zucker undermined Wallace's concerns about two prominent figures at CNN. Jake Tapper is the host of The Lead and Sam Feist is the Senior Vice President. The source added, "It’s no secret in DC that Wallace hates Jake Tapper and despises Sam Feist." They said, "Zucker spun his magic to allay Chris’ concern about the pair, promising that his status as a ‘premiere journalist’ would not be compromised while working out of the DC bureau."
Zucker, 56, father of four, resigned in the first week of February 2022 after he confessed to having a romantic relationship with Allison Gollust, his number two.