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. GOP IS LOST

    Oh-Oooooh! Don't worry Sarah. MSNBC will hire you in a heart beat. All you have to do is tell the world how those "momma bears" love their kids enough to support a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines! Where do you stand.......now?

    January 25, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  2. 21k

    "sarah palin" and "analyst" just can't be used in the same sentence together. the latter needs some minimum amount of mental activity. sounds like murdoch got tired of drillin' her.

    January 25, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. Nate

    Part of the GOP's effort to stop being stupid.

    January 25, 2013 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. Coffeehead

    Who's Sara Palin, never heard of her !

    January 25, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  5. JDM

    Yay, Sarah Palin!!!! Wait, who is she?

    January 25, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  6. Margaret

    Now if we could get her to go live in another country. She liked the Canadian healthcare system as a kid, maybe she should go there.

    January 25, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  7. whitepine

    Good-bye. Hopefully all news media will cut her from their programs. We have had enough. .

    January 25, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  8. hammerschlag

    She had nothing to offer as a Governor, she had nothing to offer as a VP candidate and she has nothing to offer as aTV contributor. This women knows only one thing and that is how to con stupid American males in politics. She succeede in fooling all of them including the fools in the US Senate. Good for her, she became rich on the heals of her lies and destortions. We should never ever hear from her again.

    January 25, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  9. Siestasis

    The less we see of her the better off we are.

    January 25, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  10. Tam

    FOX just figured her out? What took them so long?

    January 25, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  11. StXavier

    Sarah do your self a favor an be quite go home an bake a cake or some thing like that stay out of politics YOUR A JOKE.

    January 25, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  12. BigdaddyUSA

    She's going to do her own show like Glenn Beck. He's got people ( suckers) giving him millions every year. Now he's going to sell those idiots land to start a GB community. Palins got just as many stupid followers and she will suc them dry.

    January 25, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  13. diaBOLical

    Failure in politics, failure in television, failure in parenting. This Sarah Palin is quite the role model.

    January 25, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  14. cdspears

    GO AWAY... just go away

    January 25, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. Susie

    I am so glad that Sarah Palin is fading, even from Fox News. The GOP is stupid for thinking that all women would vote for her simply because of her gender.

    January 25, 2013 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. J S David

    FINALLY FOX woke up and realized the brainless wonder was not a money making proposition. Gee... what was FOX thinking in the first place??

    January 25, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  17. TommyTT

    What won't she quit?

    January 25, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  18. R.Merrell

    Palin was way past her shelf life expiration date. Hopefully now the media will spare us from any more of her word salads and her screeching voice. She has nothing constructive or intelligent to say. Buh-bye!

    January 25, 2013 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  19. jennifer in Houston

    Fox finally got smart..

    January 25, 2013 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  20. Henry

    Geez, I'd forgotten all about her.

    January 25, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  21. MrPhoenix

    New on the Alaska Channel – Sarah Palin's Wolf Hunt. Sundays at 9 pm Eastern, 5 pm Alaska. Git sum!

    January 25, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  22. Republican supporter of President Obama

    It is Xmas in January!!!!!!!!!!

    Maybe she will take a hint that her celebrity is long gone and her opinions are not worth listening to.

    My advice – stop the attention seeking and fade away.

    January 25, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  23. nintex

    "Political analyst?" Words fail me.

    January 25, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  24. Jake

    Please make her go away.

    January 25, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  25. Jacky

    who will be more vapid than Sarah that will draw tea party folk in their adolation of ignorance mixed with both ideology and arrogance?

    January 25, 2013 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15