Palin and Fox News call it quits
January 25th, 2013
06:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Palin and Fox News call it quits

(CNN) - Sarah Palin and Fox News have parted ways.

The former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate had continued to speak out on politics as a paid contributor to the channel but turned down a recent offer to renew her contract with the network, according to a source close to Palin. Fox News confirmed that Palin will no longer be with them as a political analyst.

The decision apparently ends, at least for now, a relationship which has hit rough patches in the last year. Reports said Palin angered network president Roger Ailes by announcing on a different news outlet she would not run for the White House in 2012.

In August of last year, she posted on Facebook, "I'm sorry Fox cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight," raising again questions about her future with the network.

A year earlier, Fox News host Greg Gutfeld said he had made a "joke" when he said "The only problem with talking about Sarah Palin is that she works here ... And if I say something bad and I see her in the hallway, I feel really awkward and wrong, so I just kind of say, 'good job'."

Her contract expired at the end of 2012.

Fox News Executuve Vice President of Programming Bill Shine said in a statement, "We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin. We wish her the best in her future endeavors."

Ahead of the 2012 election, Palin toured early primary states in a bus plastered with an image of the U.S. Constitution, wooing local politicos and appearing at politically significant events, including the Des Moines, Iowa state fair.

Her political organization, Sarah PAC, contributed to various Senate candidates this past cycle.

Palin has not been exclusive to Fox television properties. Palin and her family also starred in a one-season reality show - "Sarah Palin's Alaska" on TLC - and Palin appeared as a featured "guest host" on NBC's "Today Show." She spoke to CNN moments after casting her ballot in the Alaska Republican primary last March.

Her family has found their way onto other media properties: her daughter competed on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" and taped a reality-style show, Lifetime's "Life's a Tripp."

The contract news was first reported by the site Real Clear Politics.

– CNN's Steve Brusk contributed to this report


Filed under: Fox News • Sarah Palin
soundoff (356 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Hahaha...someone thought she was worth more than Faux Noise thought she was worth. Tick tock tick tock...14:59 and counting....

    January 25, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    Fox (faux) News only hires viable Republican candidates for president. Orders to fire Palin must have come down from the Republican National Committee and Murdoch.

    January 25, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. Jeff

    Finally. She'll probably go back to Hollywood.

    January 25, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. TOM TOMERSON

    I love "poltiical" analysts

    January 25, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  5. Rina

    Yaaaaaayyyyyyy! Does this mean we won't have to listen to her again- EVER?

    January 25, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. Jj

    Hasn't this woman used up her 15 minutes yet? I'm glad she found a way to get rich, heck we all won't that, but now it's time for her to go spend some of it and help the ecomany.

    January 25, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. TK

    Ok good. Now CNN don't go getting any crazy ideas of hiring her.

    January 25, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. labman57

    Sarah needed to part ways so that she could begin to prepare in earnest for her bid for the 2016 Republican POTUS nomination.

    Yeah, I'm joking. In fact, she's going to undertake her next literary effort:
    "Going Gas Range - 101 Moose Meals, from Tundra to Table."

    Unlike her first three efforts, this one will be non-fiction.

    January 25, 2013 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  9. Squigman

    It's a shame. She's one of the people responsible for making all republicans look like idiots. She did a commendable job of doing so.

    January 25, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  10. Dave The Butcher

    Who is this Sarah Palin person?

    January 25, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  11. Alexis S. J.

    "Governor" Palin? She quit that job too. Now she's in her optimal job: loser.

    January 25, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  12. Larry L

    Her title "Political Analyist" is just a ridiculous as the slogan "Fair and Balanced".

    January 25, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  13. Carol

    Her family has found their way onto other media properties: her husband, and her daughter competed on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" and taped a reality-style show, Lifetime's "Life's a Tripp."
    This article is a joke. They did not renew her contract.
    Dancing with the starts was a flop. Bristols's Life's a Tripp was taken off prime time and was rated the worst of the worst. . Sarah's Alaska was not renewed. But, hey....

    January 25, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  14. Pete

    Thank God the beotch is going to the cold reaches of Alaska.Please the more you're quiet about politics and their workings the better people are relieved you're gone.!!!

    January 25, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  15. plain&simple

    Sarah Palin ,Michelle Bachman...2016! The finest minds in today's republican party!!! Ha ha.

    January 25, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. Bill Burger

    Ha Ha. A useless woman on a useless network. Who gives a flying deuce?

    January 25, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  17. Ravi Flanders

    Guess she got tired of the "lamestream media" she kept whining about these last several years. Sometimes looking in the mirror changes you.

    January 25, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  18. What a Conundrum!!

    Fired. Quit. Doesn't matter. It's the same result. She's a failure at everything.

    January 25, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  19. Kevnbro

    The gravy train is (and has been) derailing; those who voted for her question their ability to judge character.

    January 25, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  20. Thomas

    Looks like her 15 min. are about over..

    January 25, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  21. Jensen

    Words can't explain how truly happy I am that her 15 minutes appear to be almost up.

    January 25, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  22. NoGr8rH8r

    It's the BEST news Fox has ever aired !!!!!!! She's just a horrible reminder why the GOP can't win one! Time to Rebrand

    January 25, 2013 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  23. Larry B.

    Who really cares???????? She's as irrelevant and out of touch as John McSame (Grampa McGrumpy) and Michelle Malkin. Has been for years. Why is this news, anyway???????????

    January 25, 2013 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  24. gr

    she's made some pretty good cash by being a "nobody" so far.

    January 25, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  25. The Audacity of The Donald

    blah, blah, blah, blah. palin and fox...both are yesterday's bad news.

    January 25, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
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