Shannon Bream, who Fox News has chosen to be the first female host of “Fox News Sunday,” told her Twitter followers 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, Fox News’ chief legal correspondent, gave an inspirational message to her 620,000 Twitter followers on Saturday after Fox announced that she would be the permanent replacement for former “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 tweeted. “He also told me I’d never make it in this business. I was humiliated. I cried … a lot. I prayed … a lot. That man did me a favor.”
Bream, a Tallahassee, Florida, native, wrote about the struggles she faced as she sought a position and the path it took her on.
“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 continued. “There is always room for improvement, and believe me I needed it.”
Bream is a devout Christian, and a graduate of Liberty University, an Evangelical college. Bream also received her law degree from Florida State University.
“I got a healthy serving of humility, and learned that God often allows us to walk through valleys – for our own good,” she wrote. “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 epithelial basement membrane dystrophy, an incurable genetic disorder of the eye that causes the surface cells of the eye to adhere to the eyelids, causing severe eye pain.
However, through her career challenges and health struggles, Bream has remained steadfast, insisting that these difficulties have served to better her and strengthen her faith as she combats them.
“God walks with us through our deepest sorrows, and celebrates with us on our mountaintops,” she tweeted to conclude the thread. “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’s first show will air on September 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 to serve as chief legal correspondent in addition to her new Sunday duties, according to Fox News.
Wallace, on the other hand, left his position to pursue a $9 million contract with rival news group CNN. He was originally slated to have his own show on CNN+ before the streaming service collapsed after less than a month. The host is now slated to have his own Sunday evening show, “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace.”