The Fox News Channel has replaced Chris Wallace with Shannon Bream as the new full-time moderator of its flagship Sunday political news program, the network has announced. Bream will host her first show on Sep. 11, the cable channel’s chief legal correspondent, will become the first woman to anchor “Fox News Sunday.”
Bream tweeted a thread of her reaction Saturday saying: “Y’all, I got fired from my first tv job, by a man who told me I was the worst person he’d ever seen on tv. He also told me I’d never make it in this business. I was humiliated. I cried … a lot. I prayed … a lot. That man did me a favor.”
I had much to learn, and as I spent months getting anyone to return an email or a call I watched my tapes and got real with myself. There is always room for improvement, and believe me I needed it. 2/
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) August 13, 2022
“Shannon is an outstanding journalist, reporter and anchor who has cultivated a strong and enduring relationship with the Fox News Media audience,” Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott said.
“It has been an honor to cover major news throughout Washington over the last 15 years at Fox News,” Bream said. She joined the network as its chief legal correspondent in 2007 and has covered landmark decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. She also will retain this role.
The new Fox Host released the book “The Women of the Bible Speak” in March 2021 and its sequel “The Mothers and Daughters of the Bible Speak” a year later.
'ESPECIALLY GRATEFUL': @ShannonBream leans on her faith when reflecting on being named the new @FoxNewsSunday host, becoming the first woman to anchor the program in its 26-year history. https://t.co/V8lvGKRizL pic.twitter.com/2RyxCx3j2N
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 13, 2022
Bream’s numbers backed her on-camera confidence as she was a regular draw for Fox News Sunday fans as she occasionally appeared as a guest host for the show, according to a Fox News report.
She had outdrawn the 2021 average audience of the show by 20 percent and her January appearance in the anchor position was the highest-rated Fox News Sunday episode of 2022.
“I just no longer felt comfortable with the programming at Fox,” Wallace told The New York Times. Announced his departure from Fox News in December, “I’m fine with opinion: conservative opinion, liberal opinion,” Wallace told The Times. “But when people start to question the truth — Who won the 2020 election? Was Jan. 6 an insurrection? — I found that unsustainable.”
Wallace has decided to stay with CNN after the rapid demise of the CNN Plus streaming service that had hired him as a host, and his new interview show will be streamed on the network’s sister service HBO Max starting this fall.
“I’ve never had more fun developing a program and am looking forward to bringing it to both HBO Max and CNN audiences,” Wallace said in a prepared statement.
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