Fox terminates Gingrich and Santorum
May 5th, 2011
05:31 PM ET
4 years ago

Fox terminates Gingrich and Santorum

(CNN) - Fox News Channel has terminated the contracts of paid contributors and potential 2012 candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, a spokesman for the network confirmed to CNN.

Contracts for the former House Speaker and former Pennsylvania senator were suspended until May 1st while they considered runs for the White House in 2012.

Santorum, who will appear in Thursday's GOP presidential debate in South Carolina, has since formed a presidential exploratory committee.

A Gingrich spokesman has said Gingrich would be a candidate before next Friday's Georgia's state Republican convention.

Other possible GOP contenders, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, are still employees of Fox News.


Filed under: 2012 • Fox News • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum
soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Me

    Just keep them off the air. A presidential run is inconsequential.

    May 5, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. John/kc

    What is the Fox nutwork doing for commentators since they are all running for President on the republican ticket? How can they say they are fair and balanced with these statistics? Which of them is running on the democratic ticket?

    May 5, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. Ed FL

    Shows what a low class outfit FOX is/was,when they have to get rid of 2 low life politicians to try to attain some credibility. These two have already been outed before Fox put them out to PASTURE.Pasture used literally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 5, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. Peter E

    I just can't decide which republican is my top choice...
    Rick anything-other-than-missionary-position-is-the-same-as-bestiality Santorum? Or Newt despite-my-divorces-I-am-suddenly-a-Catholic Gingrich?

    May 5, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. Politicians are Angels and Teachers are now Devils according to the gospel of GOP Tea Party

    Fox is just mad that their orchestrated debate is NOT gathering enough steam...and nobody is gonna watch it; so they are just venting their rage at these two morons!!!!

    May 5, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. kayla

    you guys have to to better than this, is this what you have against president obama?

    May 5, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    They both make me gag ...

    May 5, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. LovesIrony

    Santorum again dismissed from a paying job. Kind of like when PA voters fired him by 18%.

    May 5, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. Jessica

    Yea!!!! But I still won't watch Faux News

    May 5, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. Jessica

    Ed, If they run Faux will have to give equal air time to all other runners.

    May 5, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. LOL

    Oh I hate everything that is conservative. Death to all of these people. They are so intolerant in other's beliefs. Oh wait...

    May 5, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. tfbuckfutter

    "Fox terminates Gingrich and Santorum"

    HOORAY!.....Oh. Their contracts. Nevermind.

    May 5, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  13. Greatidea

    Fox news should just have a reality show to determine who gets to be the republican nomination for president.

    May 5, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    That's nice. Will they apply for unemployment?

    May 5, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. vivian m.

    Now how can we terminate life support for the Republican Party while there is still some democracy and economy left?

    May 5, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. Bill

    The clowns would be better served by keeping their day jobs. I suppose they think it makes more sense to rack up millions of dollars in debt chasing a pipe dream. Neither one could be elected city dog catcher.

    May 5, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. duh

    That's because they are both running for prez.

    May 5, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. Pat

    Aren't any of the FOX contributors planning to run in a Democratic race?

    May 5, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  19. LouAz

    "Fox terminates Gingrich and Santorum". American voters terminated them months and months ago. Way to keep up FAUX !

    May 5, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. Whocares

    Federal laws says they have to let them go. The law says networks have to give equal air time to all candidates; that's kind of hard to do when they work for you. And shame on CNN for not explaining that in their article, what happened to being unbiased?

    May 5, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    WOW – GreatIdea,

    That IS a great idea, but aren't they already doing that?

    Funny. CNN doesn't have a single Presidential hopeful on the payroll, but Faux "News" would have us think that CNN is the one trying to mold the political agenda.

    May 5, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. Tom

    Once again, CNN shows its bias by making it appear as though FOX fired gingrich and Santorum in its byline knowing that most people will just look at the headline.

    May 5, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  23. Shawn

    I think some of you have missed the mark on this one. Don't you think Faux News "terminated" their contracts so they could make their runs for Republican nomination? I don't think the network was punishing them for anything...it was the opposite. It would be damn tough for anyone actively working for Faux to have any credibility running for office. Not that these 2 "fair and balanced" guys have any.

    May 5, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  24. Republicans - Not Intended To Be Factually Correct

    As an independent, I have a litmus test question for any Republican that I might consider voting for. It is:

    Do you support tax cuts to our more professionally successful / higher income citizens as a means of creating jobs, cutting unemployment, or closing the budget deficit?

    Please start your answer with an EXPLICIT YES or NO before expounding.

    May 5, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  25. Will

    Here's the real proof that Palin isn't running. She's still under contract, making lots of $$$. Isn't it kind of horrific that Santorum, Huckabee, Palin, and Gingrich, basically everyone except Romney, are paid FOX News contributors? Do you really want to live under Republican rule when experience as a FOX News contributor is essentially required in order to be a Republican presidential candidate?

    May 5, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
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