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. What!!! What!!!! What!!!!!!

    No! Say it ain't so! I guess she has become irrelevant enough that Fox doesn't even want her.

    January 25, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  2. Rick H.

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

    January 25, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  3. Hillcrester

    A non-story about a nonentity.

    January 25, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  4. surfsock1

    FOX News considered Sarah an analyst. That's always made me laugh a little.

    January 25, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. works4me

    They offered her less than $100k. She didn't feel she should be in that class with the poor.

    January 25, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  6. Joe

    And this is news, why ??????????

    January 25, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  7. Jerry

    Good luck, Americans love you-–too bad the liberal media (like the communist news network) doesn't report the real news.

    January 25, 2013 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  8. America is a reality show.

    I sincerely hope this is the end of Sarahs 15mins.

    January 25, 2013 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  9. DENNA

    Finally! One more of the 2008 "rising stars" in the Republican party has petered out. It's about time.

    January 25, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  10. jdkekd

    Who gives a crap

    January 25, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  11. YEA

    Even Fox New get some things right.

    January 25, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  12. Your Panties in Texas

    I am deeply in love with Sarah Palin. She is So NICE and Fine.

    January 25, 2013 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  13. Nick

    Who cares what a half-term governor is doing or not doing?

    January 25, 2013 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  14. KC Yankee

    The fifteen minutes is just about over . . .

    January 25, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  15. lightseeker

    She really didn't know anything.

    January 25, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  16. CTYank

    Two questions then:
    1) Where's Sarah going to continue her assault on OUR English language? So we can avoid that.
    2) Will CNN now ignore Sarah, as she so richly deserves? Please.

    January 25, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  17. TM

    So, the QUITTER quit again? And this is news, to anybody, why? I guess even Faux News has a limit to how much vapid ignorance they will pollute the airwaves with. Anyone want to take odds on when Willard Romney will show up to warm her chair on the set?

    January 25, 2013 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  18. Pete/Ark

    ...annnnnd ,..we care...why???

    January 25, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  19. Edward Clark

    I don't what contribution this political comedian makes that really informs the mind. And guess what, it's on fox news channel, a channel of spewing invectives. It's a pity. For me to watch fox channels, I would rather watch po.....

    January 25, 2013 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  20. Andrew

    One is not wacky enough for the other?

    January 25, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  21. Karlcp

    Go back to Alaska and stay there!

    January 25, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  22. Herman Munster

    Don't worry, I am sure they will give her her own Hee Haw show.

    January 25, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  23. John

    "We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin. We wish her the best in her future endeavors."

    Why do they call her Governor? She QUIT. Any other Governors of any State ever just quit?

    January 25, 2013 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  24. glennharris

    This allows her more time 2 service glen rice. There is no . . . Yeti. Gdubglenn

    January 25, 2013 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  25. Fart4Nugen

    Her 15 minutes of fame is over.

    January 25, 2013 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
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