George Will Departs ABC for Fox News Contributor Deal

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The pundit heads to the cable news network after a long tenure as a panelist on "This Week."

After more than 30 years as a commentator for ABC News, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will is heading to Fox News Channel.

The cable news network announced Tuesday that it has hired the conservative voice and author as its latest contributor, where he will offer analysis and commentary across daytime and primetime programming -- including Special Report With Bret Baier and Fox News Sunday.

"We are delighted to have someone of George's stature join Fox News," said executive vp news Michael Clemente. "His wisdom is enduring and his achievements are far too long to list."

Those achievements include serving as a longtime panelist on ABC's This Week -- Will first joined the broadcast in 1981 when it was helmed by David Brinkley -- as well as a nationally syndicated column and a contributing editor job at Newsweek. In the '80s, The Wall Street Journal referred to him as "perhaps the most powerful journalist in America."

"As all his readers know, George is brilliant," said This Week host George Stephanopoulos. "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."

This Week has largely relocated production to New York, given Stephanopoulos' commitment to Good Morning America, prompting the D.C.-based Will to make fewer appearances of late.

"It came down to a matter of geography," says ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider. "We think the world of George, a singular, unique voice, a wish him nothing but the very best."

Will won his Pulitzer for his work in commentary. He is also the author of books Statecraft as Soulcraft: What Government Does, The New Season: A Spectator's Guide to the 1988 Election and Restoration: Congress, Term Limits and The Recovery of Deliberative Democracy.

Both Herman Cain and Scott Brown joined FNC's contributor roster earlier this year.