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. joe

    Gov Jindal's calling is starting to come true. Gov Palin has always been a joke, and if the republican is going to be taken seriously, Sarah Palin and the likes should be on the sidelines. She should thank the Fox New for the political propaganda machine that was used to propel her to national political stardom.

    January 26, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  2. Paul-A

    Thank heavens for this good news! Maybe this bimbo's overly-extended fifteen minutes of fame (which has dragged on waaaaay too long) will finally be over?

    January 26, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  3. Gerry

    This report follows two other previous headlines in the saga to record Palin's career...."Palin and US Public call it it quits", preceded closely by "Palin and Reality call it quits". It's typical that Fox is the last one to catch up to public opinion.

    January 26, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  4. Palin is the self inflicted bullet that killed the GOP

    I hope every single person who supported this dimwit knuckleskull cro-mag heathen realizes now that they were suppoting an absolute phony. She is not a politico, she is nothing more than a redneck vaudville act on reality tv.

    January 26, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Sarah made her "One Night's Stand" and profited. She can thank McCain. Time to move on. Thanks for giving America some needed excitemen and,humor in the boring life of Poltics. Sarah came out smelling like a Rose. Thanks.

    January 26, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  6. mikewj

    Now that Palin's made her millions by spewing nonsense, she should just retire rich to the far reaches of Alaska and just be quiet. Her sideshow is over - many of us have had enough of her.

    January 26, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  7. clarke

    She will spend her time getting ready to run for President in 2016. Which IMO will be a waste of time and money.

    January 26, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  8. George

    Sarah, what's the dill with you? Fox News and you were meant for each other, you betcha.

    January 26, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    Palin had nothing of journalistic value to contribute, "...full of sound and fury signifying nothing."

    January 26, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  10. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. huh? who? oh yeah......zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    January 26, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. Zwei Stein

    Well Sarah, now you're free to accept Obama's offer to nominate you for Bernanke's job. It's a pleasant job, just come out once a month and say that nothing will be done.

    January 26, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  12. Big Al

    She finally free to explore possible film roles and finally get her career in entertainment on track. Doing TV news and getting into politics were the only ways to get in front of a camera after a failed persuit of getting into show business. Now that she's about as visible as she can be, there will be a market for her as an actress and entertainer...her true ambition. You go, girll!

    January 26, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  13. jj

    It was about time for her to leave FOX, she never addressed anything that was interesting since she is not really a good politician to follow. OHHH next she will be on the cooking channel!!!!

    January 26, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  14. Chuckie

    How far has the GOP fallen? The party once had spokespersons such as William Buckley who have been replaced with the likes of Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh.

    January 26, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  15. Grace

    what a shame.. she and FOX were made for each other.

    January 26, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  16. George

    Whore caes what she says anyway? It is better to watch a cartoon or a basketball game when she is on!!!

    January 26, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  17. MaryM

    Good riddance to caribou barbie palin. Now if only Faux news would go the way of the dinosaurs also.
    They also are part of many reasons why the GOP is continuing to lose election after election after election

    January 26, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  18. chuck in Wyoming

    When you get "bounced" from Fox, you really have hit rock bottom.

    January 26, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  19. Patty - Illinois

    When will you ever stop calling her "Governor Palin?" I'm just hoping that maybe we won't ever see her on TV again!!!

    January 26, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. Chrisw

    Sarah Palin, too stupid even for Fox News.

    January 26, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  21. ggram

    Can we all just collectively hope this family goes away....for good? FIngers crossed.

    January 26, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  22. mike

    Where will she go? I can't think of another station that would appreciate her down to earth style of politics? Maybe she will go home and save us all.

    January 26, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  23. Puddin

    Oh, Fox; you should be so lucky! Her voice is like scratching fingernails across a chalk board, and her hair looks far worse than Hilliary's.

    January 26, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  24. Wake up People!

    CNN and FOX sure love this airhead. Singing her praises from the first sentence to the last. I wonder where she will end up next? Probably running for POTUS in 2016. A chill just ran down my spine. Scary!

    January 26, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. fastrack1

    Sara, we won't miss you.

    January 26, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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