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. BD70

    Buh bye! Hope she retires to Alaska never to be heard from again.

    January 26, 2013 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  2. Tracy

    Maybe she will go to CNN and stop dragging down the good guys!

    January 26, 2013 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  3. Jo

    Perhaps they aren't conservative enough for her?

    January 26, 2013 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  4. basedonfact

    Quitting again? She's got that number down

    January 26, 2013 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
  5. Jim

    Just. Go. Away.

    January 26, 2013 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  6. Roy

    She needs to go away for good and stay in Alaska where she belongs.

    January 26, 2013 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  7. Jay

    The usual standard bs comments as to why they split. Probably the real reason the world is coming an end because even the RIGHT WING KOOL AID DRINKING "FAIR & BALANCED – yeah right" Fox news finally figured out what the rest of the country has known since 2008 – Palin is not RELEVANT!

    January 26, 2013 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  8. DougNJ

    Godspeed to Whats-Her-Face

    January 26, 2013 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  9. bob

    and now she rides off over the bridge to nowhere into the sunset of obscurity on the back of a moose

    January 26, 2013 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  10. Dave

    More like she was fired. GOOD RIDDANCE.

    January 26, 2013 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  11. Andrew Hyatt Masset

    The fact that anyone would care about Palin and/or Fox still suprises me. I can't think of two more useless and garbage spewing entities on this planet( aside from the repugnant party and congress). Like all worthless things..eventually they will be discarded and forgotten in time. Buhbye...

    January 26, 2013 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  12. wakiash

    What can we do as a country to force her to split from the rest of us?

    January 26, 2013 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  13. Marie MD

    Thank you god, whichever one anybody prays to!!!
    It took six long years but she is finally going to have to go back to a real job flipping burgers in wasilla.

    January 26, 2013 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  14. eric

    bout time she became irrelevant. Who the hell is listening to her anyways? She is a reminder of how dumb America got.

    January 26, 2013 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  15. Me 3

    It's more likely that Fox pushed her out. What a moron and a plague on the U.S. I will be glad to see her fade into obscurity.

    January 26, 2013 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  16. zanny

    I have not been one of her supporters but I sure am glad she got away from those people. Our country would be so much better off if that entertainment network was off the air. To me their constant bashing of the President, their many, many untruths, and their constant propaganda is one of the big reasons why nothing gets done in Congress. They know that but it is all about ratings and money. Except for Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith, there are no other true newsmen. People who watch Fox do not realize that the two on from 8 and 9 are pure entertainers after ratings and money who say what the right wing wants to hear and gives them a platform to speak when other networks who recognize that Rand Paul,John McCain, Alan West, etc. etc etc areoff the deep end.Smart move finally Sarah to depart .

    January 26, 2013 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  17. Hoop

    I wish Caribu Barbie the very best in whatever endeavor she wishes to follow. I happen to think she & FAUX were a match made in heaven.
    Now the intellectually challenged governor that quit in the middle of her term can pursue other goals.

    January 26, 2013 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  18. Jack in Florida

    One can only hope her 15 minutes are FINALLY up!!!! FOX finally came to their senses.

    January 26, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  19. be in tn

    can cnn now promise to NEVER, NEVER, EVER, have another article about this woman?????????????????

    January 26, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  20. gee

    FOX couldn't make any more money off here spouts of gibberish.

    January 26, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  21. Stepasidesue

    It's scary to think where she might pop up next, maybe co-hosting with Glenn Beck, two ignorant/sick minds think alike.

    January 26, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  22. Brian

    Fox probably should have done this four years ago. Palin still probably says controversial things to rile up her Tea Party base, but even those people are smart enough to have stopped listening.

    January 26, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  23. Geoz

    We're done here. Move along.

    January 26, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  24. Speak The Truth

    Insiders say even Fox, although used to dim witted newscasters, couldn't believe how empty headed this woman truly is. When she kept going off script during interviews and asking asinine questions, the management begged the bosses to dump her. And this woman was almost vice president.

    January 26, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  25. Ozzie

    When FOX, St. Sean and St. Billy O can't stand you, Sarah.......

    January 26, 2013 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
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