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. Ratified1791

    "...Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reason, and not just to mingle with the right people..."
    - Sarah Palin

    Would any socialist democrat or moderate republican walk away from a $118,000 or a $1,000,000 a year job for any reason? Sarah Palin has now done both! She can smell corruption a mile away

    Momma Grizzly is now on the PROWL for some CRONY CORRUPTION on BOTH SIDES of the aisle!

    January 26, 2013 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  2. Nate

    Good riddance. One less soapbox for this fraud to spew her message from and pollute the airwaves and the minds of the American people.

    January 26, 2013 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  3. Ratified1791

    Governor Palin will sweep the primaries in 2016, then take out what will be the socialists choices of John "Lurch" Kerry and Joe "W.T.F" Biden on a platform of corruption reform and domestic peace from the radical obama agitators .

    (Hillary will not run because she "won't be able to" and Chris Christie is now poison to the GOP base)

    January 26, 2013 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  4. wastewater1

    What wonderful news....imagine not lnowing basic geography so no matter what political party she affiliates with...gush, it will be terrific not to have to hear her crap any more...We have serious problems and we have few willing to lead on behalf of our beloved Republic on both sides of the aisle and she has had little to say anyways....

    January 26, 2013 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  5. sss

    Good for FOX, she is a str8 fool. And I hate FOX.

    January 26, 2013 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  6. ST

    One noise-maker has gone, good for Fox. Sean Hannity must follow. For CNN, can it be also this be your last time writing about her?

    January 26, 2013 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  7. Victor

    That's the best news coming out of Faux HQ for quite some time!

    January 26, 2013 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  8. David Mann

    The most irrelevant media personality just became LESS relevant. Earth shaking news! Who would have guessed that Caribou Barbie would fade so quickly? Answer: 98% of the American population. But no worries...the teapottiers still love her.

    January 26, 2013 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  9. ChiTownArt

    What?!!! She added so much to the deep cerebral discourse at Fox.

    January 26, 2013 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  10. vidal808

    Whatdifference does it make? Faux News, Sarah Pelin and the entire clan should retire in to the Alaska wilderness – and stay there for a very, very, very long time.....

    January 26, 2013 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  11. Gregory

    You know how you don't know how much you liked something until it is no longer around? Yeah, does not apply here.

    January 26, 2013 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  12. NanookoftheNorth

    Uhhhh, when did Todd compete on DWTS, CNN ? Must have missed that one ;-)
    Best of luck Sarah...miss seeing you around the 'hood :-)

    January 26, 2013 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  13. Thomas

    Her political organization, Sarah PAC, contributed to various Senate candidates this past cycle.

    Allen West spent $18M in losing effort.

    I'm so glad they are both no longer relevant .

    January 26, 2013 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  14. reality

    I'm far more interested in the real Tina Fey.

    January 26, 2013 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  15. Jamie P

    Go away Sarah. Far away

    January 26, 2013 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  16. Rogue351

    Say it isn't so. Palin had more than her fare share in the spot light. And to give her credit she did turn lemons into lemonade as far as her bank account goes. She has made her millions now lets just hope she goes away to enjoy it. Palin certainly is sticking to the typical GOP SOP, me myself and I. But, I don't think we will be that lucky. I am sure she still considers herself relevant. Hannity, Limbaugh and Beck, watch out I see a new talk show host on the horizon.

    January 26, 2013 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  17. TexasAnnie

    Her husband was on DWTS??? Are ya sure about that?

    January 26, 2013 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Awwww too bad

    January 26, 2013 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  19. Donkey Party

    Alas, the slow-moving train wreck comes to a rest...

    January 26, 2013 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  20. FRANK FROM LAS VEGAS

    If this means that we will be seeing and hearing Half Gov. Palin, America would like to thank Fox for dumping her. No more stupid talk from the queen of stupi

    January 26, 2013 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  21. awesomesauce

    my only problem with this article is she is called gov palin... Is that like a lifetime title, should be former gov if it is mentioned.

    January 26, 2013 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  22. Steve

    It bothers me that Fox News felt the need to call her "Governor Palin". Ignoring all her other political views, she pretty much quit on Alaska and does not deserve this lifetime moniker.

    January 26, 2013 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  23. angry

    WOW, both Fox and Palin can't agree. Kind of like carl rove not in touch with Ohio. Hey Carl , how is life without fox to spin your lies and theirs!

    January 26, 2013 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  24. Ohio Cop

    I wish she would come to Ohio and campaign for our idiot governor in the next election cycle. These two lying frauds would be the perfect pair to expose their party's attachment to unethical and doltish governance.

    January 26, 2013 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  25. Terry

    No one could be happier of Sarah Palin trying to run for VP than Dan Quayle. Her lack of intelligence will forever bury his knowledge short comings. All the jokes about Palin had the world laughing. Hard to believe that you can make millions of dollars when the entire country knows that you are truely stupid.

    January 26, 2013 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
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