Shannon Bream, who has been tapped by the Fox News Channel to moderate its flagship Sunday morning political talk show, said that she was fired from her first job in television by a man “who told me I was the worst person he’d ever seen on TV.”
Bream, the cable channel’s chief legal correspondent, offered up an inspirational message to her 620,000 Twitter followers over the weekend after it was announced that she would be the permanent replacement for departed “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace.
“Y’all, I got fired from my first tv job, by a man who told me I was the worst person he’d ever seen on tv,” Bream, a former Miss America pageant contestant, tweeted on Saturday.
“He also told me I’d never make it in this business. I was humiliated.”
Bream added: “I cried…a lot. I prayed…a lot. That man did me a favor.”
The Tallahassee, Fla., native, who got her law degree from Florida State University, described the difficult career journey that culminated in the plum Fox News gig.
“I had much to learn, and as I spent months getting anyone to return an email or a call I watched my tapes and got real with myself,” Bream recalled.
“There is always room for improvement, and believe me I needed it.”
Bream, a devout Christian and graduate of the evangelical Liberty University, tweeted: “I got a healthy serving of humility, and learned that God often allows us to walk through valleys – for our own good.”
“That was also true when I spent years in chronic pain and was ultimately diagnosed with a genetic condition that has no cure.”
In 2018, Bream revealed that she suffers from excruciating eye pain caused by epithelial basement membrane dystrophy, which is an incurable genetic disorder of the eye.
The painful condition causes the surface cells of the eye to adhere to the eyelids.
Bream says that her career obstacles and health challenges have only served to better her.
“God walks with us through our deepest sorrows, and celebrates with us on our mountaintops,” she tweeted.
“Our circumstances may change, but He never will. I’m feeling especially grateful for that this week, and can’t wait to start my new adventure on ‘Fox News Sunday’.”
Bream will be the first woman to anchor “Fox News Sunday.” Her first show will air on Sep. 11.
“Shannon is an outstanding journalist, reporter and anchor who has cultivated a strong and enduring relationship with the Fox News Media audience,” Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott said.
Bream will continue in her role as chief legal corresponded in addition to her new Sunday duties, the network said.
At around the same time that Fox News announced Bream’s promotion, CNN revealed that it had set aside a Sunday night timeslot for her predecessor, Wallace.
CNN boss Chris Licht told an internal town hall that Wallace will host a new show titled “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?”, which will air Sunday nights at 7 p.m.
Wallace hosted “Fox News Sunday” for 18 years before decamping late last year to CNN for a reported $9-million-a-year salary.
He was originally slated to host his own talk show on CNN+, but the network’s new corporate parent, Warner Bros. Discovery, pulled the plug on the fledgling streaming service less than a month after its official launch.
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