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. potrzebie

    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 some consistency?

    January 26, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Oh we will miss her "wisdom" (snark)

    January 26, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Sarah Who?

    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? It IS a bot! You just deleted my last two comments based on my user name!

    January 26, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. JR

    Could it be that she finally learned how to read and maybe read her contract with them, and then really understood what it said?

    January 26, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Jim

    That's a damn shame.

    January 26, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Good riddance to bad rubbish!

    January 26, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. Ricardo Williams

    She knows nothing about politics and she has an annoying squeak when she speaks that comes with lack of knowledge. I would have been surprised if they gave her more than a penny on the new contract.

    January 26, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. zon

    Ah. So the Republicans have already sent the letter to Fox of their intention to re-brand. Wonder if Rush and Glenn Beck got one, too?

    January 26, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. ConcernedCitizen

    yeah time for Fox News to wake up and realize that the tea party is over

    January 26, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. AlaskaFrank

    Now if we could just get her to quit Alaska too...

    January 26, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Jay

    Good Riddance!!!!

    January 26, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Becky

    Mrs. Palin does not need to receive a salary from FOX. In the last four years she has become a millionaire many times over. Unfortunately, this happens quite frequently to those who run for office. Just look at the amount of money each senator or representative now receives and what their net worth might be. They arrive in Washington in one tax category and very quickly move up the ladder while trying to let us know that they are still struggling.

    It is time for people to be truthful. There is nothing wrong with earning more money and moving up the tax ladder. What is wrong is denying the truth.

    January 26, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Dave Harris

    She'll still be able to make a tidy sum doing the hate-Obama schtick for morons. It's a living.

    January 26, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. John

    It a Good think for Fox News, and even Saran Palin Isn't dumb enough to think she could win In 2016. It time for her to just go away ,far , far, far away and never be heard of again.

    January 26, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. g

    palin 2016 –a win for america

    January 26, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. DC

    Good for her. This is evidence FOX News is too extreme, even for her wacky ideas. Who still watches FOX News anyway?

    January 26, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. jeffrey P

    If there is a god, may she QUICKY fade away into oblivion

    January 26, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. Fed UP

    Her pathetic 15 minutes has last far too long!

    January 26, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. godoflunaticscreation

    Your 15 minutes are officially over. Now go back to your insignificant life.

    January 26, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. Aezel

    Hmm this begs the question what do you get when you divide zero in half?

    January 26, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. Rosslaw

    That must be why Fox hasn't seemed as incisive and in depth of late in their reporting on imaginary outrages over which right-wingers can profess to be near fainting.

    January 26, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Sarah...Yes! You've already soaked the American political and reality TV industry for enough money. Please go back to being a cheerleader, hockey mom, the mayor of "Northern Exposure," or some other *minimally* destructive pursuit that is fit for your ignorant, close-minded, immature, populist, divisive, hateful self.

    I'll NEVER forgive Senator John McCain (R-AZ) for choosing you as his Vice-Presidential running mate. Right after I voted for him in the presidential primary. Geez!!! The mayor of "Northern Exposure"...one heartbeat away from leader of the free world. What in the HELL was he thinking?! A horrible breach of trust in his judgement.

    January 26, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. The Bible is a book of badly written fairy tales

    Calling her a "political analyst" is like calling a pig an aviation expert.

    January 26, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. Jason

    Sarah Palin, yet another example that there's good money to be made as a Conservative firebrand. She's laughing all the way to the bank.

    January 26, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. DemFromSC

    Now there's a real loss! Faux News and Palin deserved each other, a "marriage" made in "heaven".

    January 26, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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