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. havetocomment

    This may be the dimming of the lime light for Sarah. We may see her again on another "B rate Celebrity has been trying to come back reality show. One thing I still am trying to understand, why is she called the former Governor of Alaska? She quit in the middle of her term to run for the Presidency and then changed her mind? When you go to school to earn a degree if you drop out you don't get the title. If you complete a full term in almost any filed you earn the title. She didn't earn it.

    January 26, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. really

    +1 for the credibility of Fox News.

    January 26, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Turo

    Now who will I turn to for cogent and insightful political analysis?? Well I hope she will still keep an eye on the Russians from her kitchen window.

    January 26, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. Isaac

    Well they will find some other air headed know nothing dingbat to take her place I'm sure.

    January 26, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Disgusted

    Will Sarah ever go away with her warped views?

    January 26, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. nytw

    Another conservative having their career destroyed by liberals.

    January 26, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. 1stSgt-TopKick

    So much for a self-centered, aggrandizing, half-a-single-term political hack who doesn't know a country from a continent (Africa). Count up the endorsements made by Sarah Palin (including the likes of O'Donnell, Miller, Angle) and ask the GOP: "What happened?" This uneducated, unexperienced, pretentious woman simply wanted to become a money-making "star" in entertainment and the media. No one can find ONE interview with John McCain where he wholeheartedly endorsed Palin running for president since he cast her in the national spotlight in 2008 as "qualified" to become President of the US!! Why is that?

    As a former dues-paying Repub, I wasn't fooled but the extreme right wing of the Party was (and still is). How's that working out for you?

    January 26, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Paul

    Her 15 minutes of fame expired long ago. The ones most disappointed are the comedy channels!!

    January 26, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. gango

    The liberal media is mesmerized by Ms. Palin more so than the conservative media. I'm sure NPR or CBS will find room for her.

    January 26, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. Natalie

    Gee, what a loss. Now if only Fox Noise would go away.

    January 26, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. v2787

    Anyone who's paying attention understands that the Alaskan Honey BooBoo was fired from Fox. Even Roger Ailes finally figured out that Palin is an empty but goodlooking vessel with nothing of substance to offer. She quit as Alaska's governor, couldn't hack it as a "journalist" on Fox (which is quite a feat, since "journalism" is a scarce, almost nonexistent, entity on that particular network), and is slowly but surely seeing her time in the spotlight slow to a trickle. It's past time for her to sink it a well-deserved worldwide obscurity, although I'm sure we'll continue to see her doing whatever she can to keep her name in the headlines. It's really the only thing she does well, based on the way she's ended her previous jobs. Thank God we never had to deal with her as VP–can you imagine the international embarrassment she would be?

    January 26, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. nc_mike

    Don't fret, she can still see Fox News from her house!

    January 26, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. George

    "Palin angered network president Roger Ailes by announcing on a different news outlet she would not run for the White House in 2012". I may not be fan of Palin's politics, but Iliked the way she 'played' politics in that she did not suck up to the powers and compromise her positions. And because of that Fox has lost a genuine voice, a rather ill-informed voice, but genuine none the less, and now they look completely scripted. Ailes uses Fox as a propaganda machine that convinces millions of Americans to vote against their economic interests because it suits his interests and Murdoch's interests and billionaires they associate with. Fox is a shameful media outlet that spews anger and hatred at every opportunity. Palin was a part of that but at least she didn't goose step in line with Ailes
    Joke: What ails Fox News? Roger Ailes.

    January 26, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. lottie

    gee such a loss Now what will we do for laughs? Oh wait Im sure she will come up with a new reality show based on her time with fox. Like everything else she does she quits mid term.

    January 26, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. an American

    good bye, good riddance.

    January 26, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. n, tx

    Palin I am so sorry u got fired, fox was stupid to give u a contract, because fox is known to hire only dump people, and u were one of them. Thank God we americans will not hear from you again. Go back to Alaska And watch Russia from your door step.

    January 26, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. dawnpa

    Could be the smartest thing she's done since she was thrown into the limelight!

    January 26, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  18. BlavitO

    Time for Sarah to set sail to the dark side of the moon and vanish from the public eye for eternity. She's wasted, done, cooked and politically nowhere. Not even Wasilla will want her back. Perhaps she could be a councilwoman for a very small village in North Carolina.

    January 26, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. Carol

    It should have read that FOX split with Palin.

    January 26, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. sc

    sara is smarter than us all. made some money, those old men liked touching her butt. see all the pictures just before she is about to give a speech. you will see that every fella had their hand on her butt. pretty jaw line, have a nice life sara and continue to suck the money out of any group of chumps that will give you a chance.

    January 26, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. Carol

    NYTW:
    Palin destroyed herself. She is uneducated and has nothing to add to the conversation.

    January 26, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. w5cdt

    The less time she spends in front of a camera or microphone the better off we are.

    January 26, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. Peace

    What a nice week it has been. From Monday with inauguration & all the partying and dancing, and now ending up with the queen getting a kick. I have to mark this week in my calendar.

    January 26, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. got snot

    As an independent leaning Republican, I'm glad she's moving on. She's ridden on the party coat tails for way too long. And, has never represented my opinions in the first place. Her and McCain haven't done anything to improve the political landscape.

    January 26, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. Pablo

    Wow, she and Fox were such a perfect match. To Fox's credit, they didn't use her very much. She is not a "has-been"", she is a ""never was"". What was McCain thinking? His choice of Palin showed his judgement to be questionable.

    January 26, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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