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. PDXSerric

    Besides... Newt looks like an angry baby. I can't imagine having an angry baby for a president.

    May 5, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. truthinrock

    Sounds like CNN is going to lose most of it's talking heads. I'm sure FOX will have no ethical problem putting them back on the air.

    May 5, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  3. Larry

    Perhaps they can get work co-hosting a revival of Bozo's Big Top. They certainly have the creds.

    May 5, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. Jobu

    The debate might run something like this:
    "I have OBL's head in my briefcase, right under this table. Now, did YOU bring your birth certificate? Because you have to a certified American HERO to duke it out with ME...."

    May 5, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. lolz

    Fair and balanced...but all of their correspondents are running on the Republican ticket...hmmm?

    May 5, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  6. borisjimbo

    If only it were "with extreme prejudice".

    May 5, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  7. JohnB

    Rick Santorum is a dangerous man.

    May 5, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  8. greyhackles

    "They'll be back" – because neither one of these dimbulbs has the slightest chance of gaining the Republican nomination, never mind winning the general election...

    May 5, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  9. Shellz and Cheeze

    Truthfully, is anyone going to support he twirp Gingrich? The thought of him as a candidate is just silliness. Fox, I won't even comment.

    May 5, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  10. angie

    If you liken the Tea Party to the tea party of Alice in Wonderland, you will notice some strange paralells...

    May 5, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  11. greg

    it is unseemly to the point of being repulsive that most of the republican field has or is under contract from fox news. this merging of corporate media and political establishment resembles soviet russia. replublicans have drifted so far to the right they resemblie corporate style communists.

    May 5, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  12. Nija

    Though I am a republican, Gop and Fox do not have anyone that can compete with Obama, honestly. Gangrich is an old Hag

    May 5, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. jason

    Being conservative does NOT mean intolerance of anyones beliefs. Most who are conservative would like to follow the idea of constitution without regard to beliefs or race or anything else. Conservatives are tiref of the idea that it is the governments responsibility to take care of everybody's every whim who does not have money. It is a conservative idea that more people ought to have the ability to open their own business and become successful without being punished for being so. Social programs have never been successful in any country because they sap the economy and they kill private sector companies. These are the things that most conservatives are concerned with. Also, most of the republicans today are NOT conservative and should move over to the Dem. party. Bush is a great example of a "closet liberal". with exception to the wars, his domestic policies are mostly liberal at best. As far as fair and balanced goes, there are NO fair and balanced news reporting agencies around. Most of them are indeed in the back pocket of the libs. This is why the CEO of GE is a direct advisor to Obama. Oh yeah, GE owns the entire MSNBC conglamorate. Hmmm, wonder if we'll get a fair story out of them as well?

    May 5, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  14. Maurice

    The American people can continue their fallacious "us vs. them" "democrat vs. republican" "liberal vs. conservative" bantor, and even go and "vote" in the polls for whomever they support, but the fact of the matter is, no matter who votes for who, the "winner" or the "election" will be the guy appointed by the IMF and World Bank.

    May 5, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  15. Venkata

    All GOP presidential candidates are on Fox Channel's payroll. It feels like Fox is owned by republican party. Any ways, I do know that it is a republican mouth piece.

    May 5, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  16. ipisking

    LOL @ Peter E

    May 5, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  17. nev131

    anything the fox network does is really not news worthy, CNN why bother

    May 5, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. Larry

    Ron Paul for President!

    May 5, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. AntiFringe

    Now they should move Palin to The Simpsons.....

    May 5, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  20. Jackalope

    Interesting to note that MSNBC suspended Keith Olbermann for merely making a campaign contribution to a Democratic campaign, while FOX News [sic] actively recruits Republican presidential candidates for their network. "Fair and Balanced" indeed!

    May 5, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  21. Bob

    I think they'd show less partisan bias if they replaced them both with John Edwards.

    May 5, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  22. BENJI

    Two more Republican losers I wont vote for.

    May 5, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  23. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    So when is Fox going to get rid of the other two candidates? Just seems as long as they are being polled on, they are candidates too so terminate them, at least their contracts..~LOL~

    May 5, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  24. Buzzard t

    Agreed! The less pulpit for Santorum , the better. The man is a dangerous social nemisis. The less exposure, the better.

    May 5, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  25. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Voters will follow suit and terminate them again and forever so Fox needs to hold those empty seats for these 2 empty suits.

    May 5, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
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