Guess who's back at Fox?
June 13th, 2013
03:07 PM ET
5 years ago

Guess who's back at Fox?

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will return to familiar ground.

The Fox News Channel announced Thursday that Palin will rejoin the network as a contributor, less than five months after the two parted ways.

Viewers will start seeing Palin on their screens again Monday, chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said in a statement.

He added that he had several conversations in recent weeks with Palin about the possibility of her rejoining as a contributor.

"I have great confidence in her and am pleased that she will once again add her commentary to our programming. I hope she continues to speak her mind," he said.

Known for her outspoken and folksy demeanor, Palin was often considered a ratings goldmine.

Palin said in the statement she was "pleased and proud" to return the network.

Fox and Palin split in January, after the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee turned down an offer to renew her contract that ended in 2012, a source close to Palin told CNN.

The departure came after the two had hit a few rough patches. Since leaving Fox, Palin kept a relatively low profile, appearing at only a few major conservative gatherings.

Shortly after it became public that Palin was leaving Fox earlier this year, she said in an interview published by the conservative news outlet Breitbart that she wanted to share her message "more broadly" rather than "preach to the choir."

"The message of liberty and true hope must be understood by a larger audience," she said.

Palin had 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."

- CNN's Ashley Killough and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

Filed under: Fox News • Sarah Palin
soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Fox' ratings must be taking a beating if they brought back this twit.

    June 13, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Peoples State of Illinois

    Ok, even I don't think this is a good idea.

    June 13, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    So democrats can talk about her now instead of real issues.

    June 13, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Guess who doesn't give a ....

    June 13, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Corey

    Comedy gold. Poor Jon Stewart left at the wrong time!

    June 13, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Gary

    Just like cancer. When you think this disgusting disease is gone, it comes back.
    Is your bank account shrinking Sarah?

    June 13, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. Dar

    I love it!!!!
    Now the Democrats really have something to whine and cry about again! HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    Let the hating begin Dems, your good at it, show your butts again Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    June 13, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. BJJSchecter

    FOX is desperate

    June 13, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Josef F

    I was going to make a joke about how FoxNews must have been running out of stupid, but we all know that they have an inexhaustible supply.

    June 13, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. 1twinsfan

    Just like a rash you can't get rid of.

    June 13, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. John

    Can we just keep Palin on Fox please? They don't run stupid articles on CNNs staff changes.

    June 13, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. WhatWhen

    She complains a lot about the mainstream media, but when it comes time to make money, she's happy to eat from Fox's table.

    June 13, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. mike

    ugh god, her AGAIN!?!?!

    June 13, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. Winning

    Must have blown through all her money. Time to fleece the idiots some more.

    June 13, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    I guess they really don't know when to stop being the stupid party. I had thought getting rid of Palin was part of the GOP makeover. Oh well, what can you do? Palin is a cash cow for Fox. I guess "Greed Over People" is takes priority.

    June 13, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. DemFromSC

    Fox and Palin deserve each other. It's difficult to decide which is more useless.

    June 13, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. 3vilMonk3y

    Oh, that's wonderful news!! More senseless drivel from the insane lunatic for Wasilla. Gotte love that Feaux News!!

    June 13, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. JonfromLI

    I wonder how many FOX News viewers tune in to watch what she has to say with the MUTE on and closed captioning.

    June 13, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. Mike

    LMK when she has a teen mom contract, until then tv off.

    June 13, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. Charles Pinelly

    oh brother... more unchallenged "wisdom" from this bozo...

    June 13, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. Grumpster

    I didn't really even have to click the link to know what dolt they decided to drag back from pending obscurity. Faux News is a failed state.

    June 13, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. Michael

    I knew who it was as soon as I saw the headline. This woman is always desperate for attention.. it wasn't that long ago that she was badmouthing Fox, but obviously the attention is far more important to her than the fact that they cut her pay.

    June 13, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. Joaquin

    And I give a rip why?

    June 13, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. Meyer C. Dhoates

    This is like herpes, it keeps coming back no matter how much you want

    June 13, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. Frank Tillery

    Is it about the news or ratings? I know, I know...stupid question.

    June 13, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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