10/01/2013 02:08 pm ET Updated Dec 01, 2013

George Will Joins Fox News, Leaves ABC After 3 Decades


Conservative columnist and pundit George Will is leaving his decades-long perch at ABC News and joining Fox News, the network announced on Tuesday. Will is set to contribute to programs across the channel.

The Daily Caller was the first to report the news.

Will has been a mainstay at ABC since the early 1980s, where he has been a panelist on "This Week" since the program began.

“We are delighted to have someone of George’s stature join Fox News," Michael Clemente, the network's senior vice president for news, said in a statement. "His wisdom is enduring and his achievements are far too long to list."

An ABC news spokesperson told HuffPost's Michael Calderone that the shift of "This Week" from Washington to New York—something done to accommodate host George Stephanopoulos, who also anchors "Good Morning America" from Manhattan—played a major role in Will's decision, since he was having to travel most weeks to New York to film the show.

Stephanopoulos provided a statement to Calderone as well: "As all his readers know, George is brilliant. Those of us lucky enough to work with him also know that he's a consummate gentleman. I learned from him every week, and wish him all good things."

Will joins fellow Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer in the Fox News stable.



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