Fox’s Chris Wallace ‘Disappointed’ That Ailes Joined Trump Campaign

AP

Chris Wallace, the host of “Fox News Sunday” and moderator of the final presidential debate on Wednesday, was not exactly thrilled when Roger Ailes, the former Fox News executive who resigned this year amid sexual harassment allegations, joined Donald Trump’s campaign.

“I’m disappointed in Roger going to work for the Trump campaign,” Wallace told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published Thursday. “We have had to fight back for a lot of years against claims that we’re an arm of the Republican Party. We aren’t. Anybody who watches me on ‘Fox News Sunday’ knows that I’m not. I think it has given people who don’t like Fox News in the first place something to talk about. It allows people to say, ‘I told you so,’ when it’s not really true.”

Wallace told the LA Times that he has not spoken to Ailes since he was ousted from the network.

“I haven’t talked to him since he left, and I won’t talk to him,” he said.

The Sunday show host also said he felt pressure to prove himself as the first ever presidential debate moderator from Fox New.

“I was not just representing myself and my show, but my news organization in a way that I suspect that most of my colleagues at the other debates’ networks didn’t necessarily feel,” Wallace told the LA Times. “I had to do the job that I do and that a lot of my colleagues do everyday, to show people who take the easy way out and just dismiss Fox News and that they don’t understand what we do everyday and the kind of journalism we practice.”

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