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. JW

    Quit again, huh?

    January 25, 2013 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  2. MK

    "We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin. We wish her the best in her future endeavors." is corporate world code translation for if you just go away without a fuss we will make this look like it was your choice although we all know better.

    January 25, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  3. SETH ADAMSON

    A welcome milestone on her continuing path to total irrelevance.

    January 25, 2013 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  4. CGF

    Thanks God.. She won't be talking malarkey any more. “FOX NUTS” is going down. O’Reilly has to be careful is he wants to continue to be a “respectful” comentarior. Lately he sounds more like Hannity or the ‘late” Glenn B.

    January 25, 2013 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  5. Brandonj

    It appears that perhaps the Palins' 15 minutes of fame are over. Let's hope all of them fade into obscurity....

    January 25, 2013 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  6. michaelak

    Please let her go away; we have been over her for a LONG time here in Alaska....

    January 25, 2013 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  7. Dan5404

    I hope she runs for president in 2016 and names Michelle Obama as her running mate. They would make a better comedy team than Paul and Cain.

    January 25, 2013 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  8. Jim

    Bye! It truly hasn't been fun ... funny yes ... but fun, not so much.

    January 25, 2013 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  9. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Who cares! No rational person really cares what goes on with Palin or the Tea Party News Network.

    January 25, 2013 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  10. @Marita

    The only disappointment is, that she was even offered to continue! How NICE, she's GONE!! – @Marita.

    January 25, 2013 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  11. Me

    All good things...

    January 25, 2013 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  12. Elizabeth

    can you imagine if it had been different in 2008? How could have McCain been so dumb.

    January 25, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  13. Howard's Daddy

    I heard Manti Teo's girlfriend will be taking her spot.

    January 25, 2013 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  14. Robert in Toronto

    Maybe she can take that shrill narcissistic ignorant voice somewhere else now.

    January 25, 2013 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  15. Nick

    In what universe is Palin qualified as a political analyst?

    January 25, 2013 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  16. steveo

    and i thought she died a long time ago (sorry, only wishing). hey I got a great idea! let her be a "star" on that new reality show with southern pastors wives going at each other.
    I'd like nothing better than to see her tossed into locked room with 5-6 loud Atlanta black ladies fanning themselves and wearing too much jewelery, seeing who could out-snark and out weasel the others (its Gods way doncha know!).
    I'd turn off Honey Boo Boo and pay big money to see that smack down! we'd see who da real mamma grizzly bear dere is wouldnt we? yah! you betcha!

    January 25, 2013 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  17. Lindalou

    Hopefully that's the last time we hear her name!

    January 26, 2013 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  18. Bob

    Who cares? Her 15 minutes has been over for a long time.

    January 26, 2013 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  19. Gettin Original

    So glad she has one less soap box for her ramblings. I for one do not understand why people actually listen to her anyway. She has to my knowledge ever used anything but nonsensical ramblings to explain a situation. Just glad she is gone

    January 26, 2013 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  20. JPX

    Palin's 15 minutes ended long ago. Her politics of hate and Tea Party nonsense cost the republicans the election. I'm so happy to see her fade into irrelevancy.

    January 26, 2013 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  21. shawn

    you "betcha" i like the news.

    January 26, 2013 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  22. american

    Finally. See ya Sarah

    January 26, 2013 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  23. recycle1970

    I'm sorry, analyst? That is hilarious!!

    January 26, 2013 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  24. Eddie Vanmeer

    Her 15 minutes are op

    January 26, 2013 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  25. John

    The longest fifteen minutes in recorded history.

    January 26, 2013 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
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