Chris Wallace uses poorly-rated CNN show to trash-talk former ‘full of crap’ Fox News colleagues

CNN’s Chris Wallace may delight at the chance to trash talk his former Fox News colleagues, but the record shows who really had the last laugh since his departure.

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Radio and TV host Andy Cohen joined Wallace for the latest installment of his program “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace” where, knowingly or not, the former “Fox News Sunday” anchor talked himself into playing a game of “Plead the Fifth.”

As featured on Cohen’s Bravo program “Watch What Happens Live,” the guest proceeded to explain “The game is I give you three questions, you can Plead the Fifth to only one. And so, and they’re pretty pointed questions that-they’re pointed questions. We have a lot of fun coming up with the questions. And, you know, they’re meant to be a little confrontational.”

“So what,” Wallace asked with a smirk, “would your three questions be for me?”

After a brief moment of consideration, Cohen asked, “Okay, what was your least–who’s the most full of crap person on Fox News?”

As the guest began to offer up the second, the host began to giggle before expressing, “I don’t know that I can answer,” to which Cohen explained, “So you would Plead the Fifth.”

However, Wallace went on to clarify that his ever so brief moment of hysterics was his way of insulting his former team and he said, “No, no, no, I just mean that. It’s a very hard, it’s hard to distinguish.”

“There’s a lot to parse out there,” Cohen agreed before going on to ask the remaining questions.

While who Wallace might have less than warm-fuzzies for remains unknown, what can be quantified is his own laughable performance when compared head-to-head with his former cable network home.

Data from Nielsen Media Research found that when comparing the highly promoted premier of his new CNN interview program, to which the publicity included appearances on late night TV and a profile in the Los Angeles Times, “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?” couldn’t even surpass half a million viewers.

Topping out at 462,000 with 58,000 of those in the highly coveted 25-54-year-old demographic, Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Night in America” hosted by Trey Gowdy trounced the 7pm timeslot raking in nearly three times as many viewers at 1,279,000. Percentage-wise, Gowdy’s 72,000 in the previously mentioned age bracket left Fox with a 24 point advantage and, when looking at a breakdown of 18-49-year-olds it was even greater matching 59,000 viewers to 41,000 amounting to 44 percent.

Wallace’s had claimed that he left Fox News in December 2021 because “I just no longer felt comfortable with the programming,” but his recent behavior has continually called his credibility into question.

On Friday, he joined the panel of “CNN This Morning” to contribute his thoughts on President Joe Biden’s classified document scandal with hosts Kaitlan Collins, Poppy Harlow and Don Lemon. In addition to covering for White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre’s handling of questions, Wallace went on to argue against Lemon saying “The president should be out front on this,” and said Biden should not be allowed to answer questions until the White House has all the information.

“Oh, I–look, I–they pay press secretaries to do this kind of thing. It is unfair in the sense, that there was a lot of stuff she couldn’t say and shouldn’t say. But Joe Biden absolutely should not come out at this point,” he said. “Among other things, as we say, yesterday, they found another document. You know, they don’t know what they don’t know, at this point. I’m sure they’re searching every place that Joe Biden was since he left the vice presidency. Before you put the president of the United States out there, who is the target of this investigation, you got to be pretty sure you know all the facts.”

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Kevin Haggerty


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