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. electric52

    OMG ... what am I to do? ... my reason for existing has been snuffed out by the much anticipated ending of her broadcast career. But alas ... I just know that my Sarah, oh my Sarah ..... "Just WON'T DIE" .... like a BAD DREAM.

    January 26, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Rob

    Lets hope this is the REAL beginning of irrelevancy for her, and hell lets hope that on Faux news as well while we're at it....

    January 26, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Bill Keldsen

    Please run again Sarah. We need your classic gaffes that make the GOP leadership cringe and sweat.

    January 26, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. snowdogg

    NEWSFLASH... she never was a political analyst.

    January 26, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Vader

    What? Faux Noise couldn't stomach her shenanigans any longer?

    Someone commented that she is considering a run in 2016. Bring it dimbulb.

    January 26, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. raf

    this is news.lets here about jobs iran ,north koreareal news..........this lady is not news worthy and certantly not represnting tha vast majority af americans............

    January 26, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Thinkergal

    Oh, no one has paid any attention to her in ages. Nor any of her completely silly family either.

    January 26, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Grahame Rhodes

    There is a God

    January 26, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. i'malib

    She has been a terrible president the last four years. Look at unemployment, the deficit etc. She actually thought I should work for a living! What a joke! This new guy looks to be able to pull us out of the horrible rut we have been in. He needs to raise taxes on everyone and give free stuff to people who deserve it. Like me. With that said, 'Laverne and Shirley' is on. The rest of you, get back to work.

    January 26, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. Quiet Profi

    Why is this or any other Tea PArty Traior even given the respect of being mentined in the news?

    It is disheartenong to think that people around the world see maggots like Palin, Romney, and Benedict Allen West as the face of America,

    It is even more embarrasing as an American to know they pass themselves off as good Americans and so many sheeple follow them.

    January 26, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. mc

    So she's even too crazy to work for Fox News? Wow.

    January 26, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. Cry1BabyUSA

    A Political analyst. What a joke. I don't know if this says more about Palin that she is gone or Fox that they thought she knew politics.

    January 26, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Ivotedforobama

    They tossed her away like the trash she is..

    January 26, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Jonas

    Wait - she was a "political analyst"? Based on what? Her two years as governor of Alaska before quitting or her losing campaign with John McCain?

    January 26, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Horse Pucky

    Rick H.

    Wait for it.....wait for it.....nothing gets a Republican so stirred up than even the mention of a liberal !!!!

    January 26, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Grundoon

    Referring to that dimwit Sarah Palin as a political analyst is like referring to Madonna as a virgin.

    January 26, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. WJanet

    Go back to the cult and Amish days Sarah, I hope that you saved a lot of wheat in your basement for the Apocalypse.

    January 26, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Rick Rodd

    Well at least finally Fox shows some class in bouncing this useless moron. She never had a clue as to what the world was doing or thinking. Somewhere along the way she "thought" she had something to bring to the table. In reality, she should have stayed under the table. She has only embarrassed herself and the legacy she leaves is that she exposes the world to her other useless Palin family member, the moon faced and equally stupid Bristol. Please don't take this person, but all of you should crawl back to Alaska...none of you are ready for prime time!!! Yuck!

    January 26, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Sane Person

    I guess Michelle Bachman became available...joy.

    January 26, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. T

    .......Palin........She puts the "G" in .........GOOF

    January 26, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. potrzebie

    What the hell is so offensive about saying "Sarah Who?"? I have it pulled off of here twice!

    January 26, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. potrzebie

    I have an idea. why don't you come up with one way to post to your entire site and stick with it? I posted here at 4:00 am and it said there were no comments. I came on at 11:30 and there were comments going back to yesterday afternoon, but mine was gone. I've posted 'Sarah who?" twice and it says "Comment awaiting moderation" and it never posts. Is this just a bot with my email address that rejects anything I have to say? How about learning how to write a website?

    January 26, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. SmallBizCEO

    Omigoodness....Bellatrix Lestrange and Voldemort are getting a divorce!

    Alert the media!

    Oh, wait...done that.

    January 26, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. queenbee9

    Fox used her until she was of no use–probably they or someone mentioned how clueless Sarah was and she took exception to that , not understanding that her cluelessness was already an exception and in non election years her political currency has no value any more.

    January 26, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    Please go away, please go away, please go away, please go away, please go away, please go away, please go away ...!

    January 26, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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