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Chris Wallace Learns His Fate After Collapse of CNN Streaming Service

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Former Fox News anchor Chris Wallace has learned his fate after CNN’s streaming service crashed and burned in less than a month.

Wallace, a former host on Fox News for over a decade, will bring his new show, “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?” to HBO Max with Sunday airings on CNN.

“I’ve never had more fun developing a program and am looking forward to bringing it to both HBO Max and CNN audiences,” the host said, The Washington Post reported.

“Part of the CNN brand is respectful, authentic, and impactful interviews and one of the best interviewers in the business is Chris Wallace,” CNN CEO Chris Licht said.

“Chris and his team developed an engaging and compelling program that we’re excited to bring to HBO Max and include in our CNN Sunday evening programming.”

“Two weeks ago, streaming was king,” Wallace said after the announcement that CNN+ was done.

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“Now suddenly streaming is in an ICU on life support. I have absolutely no idea which is right and which is wrong, but the Discovery people are in charge and so they’ve made the decision,” the anchor said.

“I’m in good shape, whether it’s CNN or someplace else.

“Frankly, what I’m mostly concerned about right now, and very, is my team and hundreds of other people that had jobs at CNN+,” he said.

“Some of them had left CNN to go to streaming.

“Some of them had left other places, moved across the country,” he said.

“And so, I think you’re seeing a lot of the anchors at CNN+ doing everything they can to protect the people that were working on their team and to make sure they either get a safe landing at CNN or someplace else,” Wallace said.

After investing $300 million in the failed streaming service, CNN+ shut down within 3 weeks of its launch date.

“Chris Wallace will get a second chance for his interview show after CNN+ was pulled off the air, with the series reportedly moving to HBO Max. Wallace’s show Who’s Talking To Chris Wallace will move to the HBO streaming service, where new owners Warner Bros. Discovery are focusing their cord-cutting investments,” the Daily Mail reported.

“Meanwhile, the fate of other talent recruited for CNN+ remains up in the air, including food-media star Roman, former NPR host Audie Cornish, ex-NBC News host Kasie Hunt, and sports commentators Jemele Hill and Rex Chapman. Monday marked the first official workday for new CNN boss Chris Licht, who suggested he will move the network away from opinion-led shows that have dominated over the last few years,” the report added.

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CNN is facing extreme cuts and reviews by incoming corporate parent Warner Bros. Discovery after the streaming service and other projects have failed.

The new owners also laid off CNN’s longtime chief financial officer.

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.

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