Fox News suspends contracts for Gingrich, Santorum
March 2nd, 2011
12:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Fox News suspends contracts for Gingrich, Santorum

(CNN) - Fox News has suspended the contributor contracts of both former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and will terminate the contracts on May 1 if both possible GOP presidential hopefuls choose to run for president.

Bret Baier, the anchor of Fox News' Special Report, announced on-air Wednesday that the suspension was effective immediately and for 60 days "unless they notify Fox that they are not running for president."

According to Baier, "This had been contemplated from the start, from the very beginning…This is Fox News policy, this is the announcement made today."

Santorum released a statement expressing appreciation for his time spent at Fox News but was not specific on the timing of the will-he-or-won't-he decision that triggered his suspension.

"I intend to use the months ahead to continue my evaluation of a potential presidential run, and I will make an announcement on my final decision sometime in the coming months," he said.

And a strategist close to the former senator tells CNN: "The news in no way affects the timetable of if and when he announces a race for the White House." In the past Santorum has indicated that he is in no hurry to make a decision and that any decision may not be made until summertime.

Gingrich's staff has not responded to a request for comment.

Whether contracts for other Fox News contributors who are mulling over a bid for the GOP presidential nomination will also be suspended remains to be seen. "This is Fox policy, this is the announcement made today. It does not preclude other announcements that may be made in the future," said Baier.

In an exclusive interview given to the "Los Angeles Times" Dianne Brandi, Fox News executive vice president of legal and business affairs, said the channel will make a decision on contracts with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who hosts his own show, "as soon as each of them shows some serious intention to form an exploratory committee." Indicating that the news organization would "take the same action," she continued "Huckabee is on a book tour, so I think his present intention is to sell books."

And of Palin? "She hasn't yet shown a serious intention to form an exploratory committee," Brandi told the paper.


Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    What are they going to do for money? Ask the witch in DE how she steals from her campaign?neither one has one tiny little bit of a chance in hell to win anything!

    March 2, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. Mikey

    What about Huckabee and Palin?

    March 2, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Bruce

    Why? We all know that FOX NEWS is a GOP-state run news organization. If...if...if...if either of the two ever...ever become is elected prez, FOX will just reinstate the contract. That's why FOX is just suspending instead of recending the contract. See there...it was easy...I out foxed FOX.

    March 2, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Bill55

    Colbert recently asked all of us to Google Santorum. Just do it.

    March 2, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA

    Ohhh, this puts a damper on Ms "I need Attention"...if she declares she loses her Fox spotlight, if she doesn't she can't be talked about with other candidates, ohhh poor Ms Palin, what will she do????

    March 2, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    Oh well... Newt has some great ideas and great insight. He'll be sorely missed. Santorum, who cares.

    March 2, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Mikey – neither Huckleberry nor Sarah the Quitter have actually stated they intend to run for President, only dropped the "if chosen, I will serve (wink, wink, nudge, nudge)" hints. The Huckster even went so far as to say he will wait until the last minute to make his decision. Otherwise, he will not have a regular paycheck anymore, unlike the Former Governor of Alaska Who Quit After Less Than Half Her Term, who can still bilk the public for millions for two books that she didn't actually write, and listening to her read speeches on a teleprompter (or tattooed to her wrist, as it is the same speech over and over) she didn't write either!
    If Faux allowed Newt and Santorum to remain on the payroll, it would look like they were biased towards the Republicans, not "Fair and Balanced" as they claim!

    March 2, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. Debbie from Arizona

    What about Huckabee and Palin? I'm sure once they have lost the election, we'll be subject to more of their drivel once again. It seems that some Republicans just don't get the point that a whole lot of us just don't want to listen to their talking points over and over and over.

    March 2, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Whether contracts for other Fox News contributors who are mulling over a bid for the GOP presidential nomination will also be suspended remains to be seen."

    Good grief, there are SO MANY of them, whatever will FOX do if they all decide to run for President? Haven't watched FOX for years . . . question is: when did it become GOP/FOX? Another question: why are the GOPers hopefuls each willing to wait until May to announce their candidacy? Not actually interested in the job, or have each of them become so lazy in their daily lives that they really don't think they need to work for it, but instead expect the Presidency to be delivered to them on a silver platter, requiring nothing less stressful from them than their continual primping for the media?

    March 2, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. Video Guy

    Do it to Sarah too, not because she is running, but be cause she is such a dumb .........................

    March 2, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Scott

    oh please FoxNews, why even bother?

    March 2, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Clwyd

    FOX will have no reporters once the 2012 election arrives as their "Fair and Balanced" coverage is mostly presidential candidates! LOL How can anybody believe their dribble about "Fair and Balanced?"

    March 2, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. Ed

    Just what we need – another liar running for President. Best thing for the country, tho – getting these two dorks off of the airwaves.

    Let them join Huckabee, who doesn't understand elementary law. Someone born overseas of a U.S. Citizen IS a U.S. Citizen. All that's required is registration with the nearest consulate.

    Obama was born in Hawaii and that makes him a U.S. Citizen, regardless of what anyone says. Let's hear a debate on the facts – 10% unemployment; poor/non-existant health care for the lower and middle class, etc. NOT on some ass' theory about Obama. DEBATE THE FACTS YOU DORKS!

    March 2, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. ZipinSC

    Lets see how many other GOP candidates that are employeed by Fox get the ax. How will they ever fill their air time with all the talking heads leaving their time slots?

    March 2, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. diridi

    You believe all these crab....nonsense, and it is a sheer drama of and for GOP thugs....o.k, don't even believe these idiots...o.k..

    March 2, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. T'sah from Virginia

    Two DOWN and two more to GO!! Palin and Huck-A-Bye should be NEXT!! They are being PAID for "mulling over" IDEAS of running. I think ginGRINCH and Santorum were called out FIRST because their POLL NUMBERS are soooooooooooooo low – even FOX NEWS realize they're just using them for their PLATFORM to make $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!!!

    March 2, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. Inmyopinion

    Excellent for Fox News, keep it neutral. Now, can we get neutral news, unbiased news from CNN & MSNBC. Give us U.S. and world news so we can make our choices, form our opinions but don't give us trashing the opposition on behalf of the Democrat Party.

    March 2, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Stay with Faux News boys! Neither of you have a chance in Hell of beating President Obama!

    March 2, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. once upon a horse

    this almost SEALS that Palin will not run for POTUS. Lose her job at Fox??? I don't think she could stand for that, UNLESS of course they make an exception for her (wink, wink)

    March 2, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. chris24

    what about gomer pyle and ginger?
    they need their pink slips, too.

    March 2, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    This is just a lame attempt to show that Faux News isn't directly supporting GOP candidates. They may no longer get a steady paycheck, but if either is a candidate, they'll get unlimited "interviews" on shows like Hannity. Those are effectively free 30 minute infomercials with please for donations just like Sharon Angle got during the 2010 election.

    Faux News is anything but fair and balanced.

    March 2, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. kayla

    please don't waste your time and money fellas, obama will win again.

    March 2, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. goplies

    Wait, is fox news doing something ethical. No way it can't be. My world just turned upside down

    March 2, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  24. Zip

    The GOP would be better off digging up Richard Nixon and running him in 2012. The corpse would have more personality than these two chimps.

    March 2, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. Roadrage

    It amuses me to no end how those on the right claim a "LEFT WING BIAS" in the media... yet FOX has a minimum of 4 (if not more) GOP on-air contributers (Newt, Santorum, Huckabee & Palin) on their "Fair & Balanced" network. How many does CNN Have? MSNBC? ZERO. But it's the "left" that is biased, eh? I can ony imagine what those on the right would say if Clinton & Obama were CNN contributers prior to the '08 election. The Hypocricy is astounding.

    March 2, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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