Palin and Fox News call it quits
January 25th, 2013
06:09 PM ET
1 year 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. Jerry

    I give her a bit more credit for this separation than most. She's not going to go away and I expect her to evolve a bit in her thinking and rhetoric heading towards 2016. I believe she realizes that being aligned with Fox News will take her nowhere as that network continue to plummet and distance itself from the American majority thinking.

    January 26, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Ohio Cop

    Maybe now she'll have more time for her other hunting vocation, and try to bag (or bed) a few more NBA players.

    January 26, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. oldbones24

    They kicked her out, did you see how the ratings dropped on her first day and continued to fall. America has had enough of Palin.

    January 26, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. D.Mama

    The best place for her is Alaska. Back where she belongs and dont come back no more no more!!!!!

    January 26, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Rick

    You know that when FOX news dumps you as a contributer you truely have absolutely no value to ANYONE! Somebody over there finally opened their eyes.

    January 26, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. cogitoergosum

    Be sure to watch "Game Change" the film about Sarah Palin's candidacy, with Julienne Moore playing Palin. It's quite revealing how truly ignorant and narcissistic she is. Astounding that the GOP would have thought her a suitable candidate. Grateful she wasn't elected.

    January 26, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. Jo

    Just realised Alaska has a Democratic Senator coming up for re-election next year. Fingers crossed that isn't her plan.

    January 26, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. GOD

    Awww, that's too bad! She was SO witty, insightful, and well-spoken. A true class act! Hopefully she'll now have more time to go on hunting trips with Dick Cheney.

    January 26, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Jerry

    I would probably prefer to hear her screeching voice than that of Mr. Obamalooney's. At least she does not lie to the American people as much as King Obama does.

    Kerry: "I agree with Clinton on Benghazi." Of course, of course, the War Hero? does agree with Clinton. It is to be expected! Both of them, as well as the clueless president should be brought up on treason/dereliction of sworn duty.

    So much for dreaming of due justice...

    January 26, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. maine liberal

    Betcha Glen Beck picks her up

    January 26, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. Steven Colo

    She won;t stay out of the limelight long. I wonder what she'll do next to get the big bucks and recite her talking points. Another book or a speaking tour, maybe.

    January 26, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. Even Fixed News say's good bye!

    Its bad when a crappy wannabe news channel does not want you.

    January 26, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. abbydelabbey

    Palin has always been just a pale reflection of who she thinks she is .... Her absence from the airwaves will make sane folks much happier. ...

    January 26, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. Ratified1791

    "...And let me take this opportunity to say that of all the innumerable print and broadcast journalists who have interviewed me in the U.S. and abroad since I arrived on the scene nearly 20 years ago, Katie Couric was definitively the stupidest..." - Camilla Paglia, Salon

    January 26, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. WhereIsPalin

    She succeeded in even dumbing down Fox News. What took so long, Fox?

    January 26, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. Tony in Maine

    First Glenn Beck, now Palin? Have they found someone even further right to replace these two.

    January 26, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. Dude

    Sarah,
    Please run for president in 2016. We love what you've done for the Republican party and conservative politics.

    Thanks,
    The Democratic Party

    January 26, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. DGW

    Excuse me, but Sarah Palin couldn't analyze Hymn 365. It is scary that so many Americans can't see through someone so intellectually shallow. Fade to black Sarah and be gone!

    January 26, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. gecul

    Good riddance! This may mark the beginning of the rebirth of the GOP!

    January 26, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. beevee

    I hope that this will be the end this stupid,s political life and she forever disappears from politics that has no place for her.

    January 26, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. JimmyC

    I'm sure the more serious members of Fox are delighted to see her go. No intelligent person would take her very seriously, and wackos like her to enormous damage to the conservative movement in the US.

    January 26, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. Gloria

    I don't watch Fox, but I am still thrilled that Palin is no longer a financially compensated analyst there. The less I see of Palin, anyway, is a blessing to me. But with her large EGO, she may well be preparing to run for President in 2016!!! That will be gigantic waste of time on her part- and most especially if Hillary Clinton is running.

    January 26, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. RLB

    Great News!!! She has been irrelevant for four years. She represents no one but herself, and her disrespect of Obama was disgusting. Please go back to the furthest corner of Alaska and never come back. And take Bristol, Kim, Crystal, Honey Boo Boo and all those other reality star struck wannabees and know we just don't care about your pregnacies, feelings, boyfriends and mundane boring lives. Our lives are better off NOT knowing you!!!!!!!!

    January 26, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Dave

    Executuve… is this a new word?

    January 26, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. whognu

    I wish her luck and happiness. However, I hope it is not on the national stage. Frankly, she never should have been thrown in over her head like that, it was cruel. The woman simply does not have the experience and intelligence to hold her own in that pressured environment. I'm sure she is a nice enough person to have as a neighbor, but she simply was not qualified for the role that she was thrust into.

    January 26, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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