(CNN) – Did Roger Ailes accuse Sarah Palin of going rogue?
Citing anonymous sources, New York Magazine reports the Fox News chief was "infuriated" that Palin announced her much-anticipated 2012 decision on conservative radio host Mark Levin's show on Oct 5., bypassing the network that holds her million dollar contract.
Later that night–after the media swirl had already begun–Palin appeared on Fox for an interview with Greta van Susteren to confirm her decision, but as the magazine's contributing editor Gabriel Sherman reports, the bridge had already been burned.
"Ailes was so mad, he considered pulling her off the air entirely until her $1 million annual contract expires in 2013," Sherman wrote.
Palin representatives declined to comment on the story, and Fox News did not respond to CNN requests for comment.
For much of the year, the political news universe was lasered in on Palin, closely watching every interview she gave as she openly considered a White House bid. A regular primetime pundit on Fox News, she was frequently asked to weigh in on the 2012 presidential cycle.
Any formal announcement, Sherman noted, would have been a huge ratings boost for Fox News.
"I paid her for two years to make this announcement on my network," Ailes reportedly told Fox News executive vice president Bill Shine, the network's liaison to Palin's team.
Ailes' comments came in a meeting with other Fox employees, some of whom spoke anonymously to New York about the outburst.
The report said Palin decided to announce on Levin's show out of frustration with Fox over the network giving more air time to Karl Rove, a Palin critic and former chief political strategist to President George W. Bush.
Meanwhile, Levin had "become Palin's biggest booster in the conservative commentariat, and Palin is known for rewarding loyalists, and punishing her detractors," Sherman wrote.
Ailes reportedly threatened to "bench" Palin, continuing to pay her but eliminating her air time. Sherman wrote that the former Alaska governor eventually apologized.
While Palin has thrown herself out of the running, her influence still carries weight in the 2012 campaign as her highly-sought after endorsement could prove to be a key factor in a GOP horserace that fluctuates by the month.
When exactly she'll make that announcement is unknown, but as Sherman points out, she may be saving that one for Fox.