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. Elton

    Palin and FoxNews: Two examples of freedom of speech gone haywire.

    January 26, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. sifto

    i love Palin but will be happy not to read CNN's "hit pieces" –the sole purpose of CNN posts on Sarah is to slander and besmirch an energetic and hard-working white female–it reeks of liberal "war on white women".... and matches their "war on conservative black men"...

    January 26, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. JimmyJam

    It is pretty shameful that this shallow mental lightweight became a national figure and a multi-millionaire many times over.

    January 26, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. dylan423

    Good Riddance !!!

    January 26, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Holly

    Run, Sarah, Run! Go far, far away. Maybe you could be mayor of some moon colony. Take all your family of celebrity want-to-Beeze with you. Even can start another political party up there, your crazy brother would be your running partner.

    January 26, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. lsboogy

    oh well

    January 26, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. MichaelM.

    Only simpletons find anything to appreciate in this phony woman who acts and speaks like a 14-year old child.

    January 26, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. blf83

    Neither Fox nor Palin had anything of merit to say. Each is shrill, divisive, and false. Now, if we could rid the world of Fox "News"!

    January 26, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. ObaWendon

    Glad to see her go away from the limelight, and hopefully she will just disappear into Alaska for good. She gives the hard working woman a bad name and brings shame on any woman hopeful running for office. ByeBye!

    January 26, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. ohio

    now that she has made millions she gets to go home. She has been nothing but a showboat
    since she entered the stage with McCain. . . .we were a McCain fan before he partnered with her.
    When he chose her we chose Obama. She and all these extreme radicals need to go away so that
    there can be comprimise again.

    January 26, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. RES

    What do you expect from a QUITTER. She milked her 15 minutes to an hour and half.She's done!

    January 26, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. AK_steve

    As Bill Murray put in Meatballs, "It just doesn't matter. It just doesn't matter. It just doesn't matter".

    Go away Palin. You're irrelevant.

    January 26, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Bwahahaha

    We could only hope that she would disapear completely with her revisionist history and dimwited remarks...

    January 26, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. DavidS

    This is to be expected. Fox News is becoming more of a center of the road outlet. For the most part I stoped watching this network.

    January 26, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. chiefted

    Thank God. Her 15 mins are officially up.

    January 26, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. Illeagle-j1

    Good, now she can go back to Alaska, and watch the Russian border from her house. It is time she did something worthwhile.

    January 26, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  17. Just Me

    Fox offered to renew her contract but she didn't want to clean toilets.

    January 26, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. Andrew

    One of these is even too crazy for the other.

    January 26, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  19. Kris Jackson

    Sarah, as someone who doesn't support or even really like you, let me give you some good advice: save your money. It's over. Your fifteen minutes are up. If you keep thinking you're "important", you'll be declaring bankruptcy in a few years. Ask your friends at Fox if you don't believe me.

    January 26, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. GinnyG

    Yeahhh!!!!! Although i will miss laughing at her idiotic comments. She gave new definition for the term air-head. I'm sure that the pairing of political commentary and Sarah Palin in the same sentence will provide quite a few chuckles until she surfaces again with a comment inspired to infuriarate and get another 15-minutes of air time.

    January 26, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. ima_robot_beepbeepbeep

    a woman who wouldn't pass high school history class is given the role of political analyst by fox news. speaks volumes about that network and their low standards.

    January 26, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  22. R H

    Maybe Glen Beck needs a co-host. Two ring circus instead of one.

    January 26, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. marijo

    Now if we could just get the rest of the media to stop resurrecting her and john mccain, what a hypocrite!

    January 26, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  24. Gonzoinhouston

    It will be interesting to see how she deals with her growing obscurity.

    January 26, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  25. sodakhic

    Sarah, love what you do to libs. We are waiting for your next move.Bless you.

    January 26, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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