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Tucker Carlson May Have Played Role In Wallace Leaving Fox News

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CNN host Chris Wallace is still whining about his former employer Fox News.

During an interview, Wallace spoke about leaving Fox News to join CNN’s streaming service CNN+, which has already been shuttered.

Wallace took a few swipes at Fox News host Tucker Carlson, suggesting Carlson may have played some role in why he left the network.

“I’m fine with opinion: conservative opinion, liberal opinion,” he said of his decision to leave Fox News. “But when people start to question the truth — Who won the 2020 election? Was Jan. 6 an insurrection? — I found that unsustainable.”

Wallace then went after Carlson, saying 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 said. “And since November of 2020, that just became unsustainable, increasingly unsustainable as time went on.”

CNN+ is facing extreme cuts and reviews by incoming corporate parent Warner Bros. Discovery after it was a total disaster.

The new owners are reportedly not happy with the Chris Wallace-led streaming service, suspended all external marketing spending for CNN+, and laid off CNN’s longtime chief financial officer.

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The new owners at Discovery have replaced CNN CFO Brad Ferrer with Neil Chugani, Discovery’s current CFO for streaming and international.

Sources say corporate parent Warner Bros. Discovery executives are planning to dramatically shift the network’s primetime shows back to hard news and away from partisan politics.

The new bosses are aiming to spend money in order to get the cable news side back to straight news reporting.

They are essentially abandoning the streaming service, which leaves Wallace holding the bag and potentially without a show to host.

CNN executives initially wanted to have 2 million subscribers for the streaming service in the first year, but only managed to get around 150,000 subscribers.

Last month, reports surfaced that Wallace was furious with CNN and had threatened to leave.

Jon Nicosia, the former managing editor of Mediaite, broke the story of Wallace being disgruntled on Twitter.

“SOURCE: Chris Wallace is ‘having daily breakdowns’ over the ‘miserable launch’ of @CNNplus. Wants a ‘CNN show or is threatening to walk’ they go on. ‘He is having staffers count how many times a day his promo is playing,’” he said.

“@CNNplus struggles to lure viewers in its early days, drawing fewer than 10,000 daily users,” the reporter added.

“SOURCE CONT’D: ‘He’s telling anyone that will listen he wants Cuomo’s old time slot,’” he said.

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Fox Business News’ Charles Gasparino had also reported that the new streaming service is a flop.

“Breaking: @CNNplus employees bracing for layoffs possibly as soon as May amid projections of lackluster sales of new streaming channel; CNN employees say new streaming channel could be merged into larger @discoveryplus as early as May unless subscriptions pick up,” the Fox Business reporter said.

That was followed by a comment in a tweet by CNN’s rep Matt Dornic who said that the network is doing fine.

“For the record, we are VERY happy with the launch of CNN+ and are only bracing for a long run of success,” he said.

Gasparino replied to it by mocking him because CNN did not respond to his request for comment but their representative tweeted.

“The ‘well oiled’ @CNN PR Flack department won’t respond to my calls for comment but tweets out their response. Nice,” he said.

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