CNN+ host Chris Wallace pressed a Hollywood producer to create a project about his interviews with former President Donald Trump during an uncomfortable exchange on his show, “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace.”
Notably, Warner Bros. Discovery announced last week that subscription streaming service CNN+ would be scrapped — leaving Wallace, who exited an 18-year career at Fox News for CNN, in a particularly bad spot.
“So, I have to ask a question,” Wallace asked his guest, Hollywood producer Brian Grazer. “When we got to know each other a little better, you said to me one time that you thought there was a possible project in Trump/Wallace.”
Grazer appeared to be stunned by Wallace bringing up the subject during the CNN+ show.
“I did. I didn’t know you’d bring that up. Umm—,” the producer responded.
“Did you really believe that,” Wallace pressed.
“Your interviews with him were perfect,” Grazer answered Wallace in the affirmative.
“Well, okay. Thank you,” the former Fox News host gushed.
“Because you were able to, without any chip on your shoulder, you were able to talk directly and get direct answers like a little version of that,” Grazer continued.
Wallace then seemed to try to pin down Grazer to make the project about his interviews happen, according to transcript from NewsBusters:
WALLACE: So, maybe we’ll talk after the—
WALLACE: — the thing about going to do it.
“Just to do it live in a stadium would be amazing,” Grazer suggested, an option Wallace seemed to like.
CNN+’s short-lived run hit Wallace hard. In an interview this week, the host called himself a “victim” of the debacle.
“It’s an interesting thing and I’ve been a victim of all of this in the last week,” Wallace said, The Daily Wire reported.
“The idea was you’ve got to get a foothold in the streaming world because that’s where the future of news off the mainstream networks is going to be,” the 74-year-old continued. “Now you have some equally smart people that have come in with a diametrically opposed view, these are the new bosses at CNN+ because of [the Warner Bros. Discovery merger] who have come to the conclusion that to have a narrow niche product like a news streaming service doesn’t work.”
“I have absolutely no idea which is right and wrong, but the Discovery people are in charge and so they made the decision,” he added.