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.

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soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. transmitterguy

    Obama needs to put her in charge of getting rid of welfare and corporate waste.

    June 13, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. truth

    cant even look at her without cringing.

    June 13, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. Nancy Habbal

    Please can this woman just go away for good.

    June 13, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. ManWithThe1000PoundBrain

    She is just one example as to why Shep Smith always closes his show with "for the JOURNALISTS at Fox News, this is Shepard Smith." He's basically saying, "Don't lump me in with the likes of Hannity, etc. because they are not journalists,"

    June 13, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. ktappe

    No, Vickie, she's a ditz for not understanding (or wanting to understand) the consequences of those views. She's also a ditz for accusing others of not doing a good job when she herself abandoned her job after only 2 years. She is the walking incarnation of hypocrisy but isn't smart enough to realize it. That's a ditz.

    June 13, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Desert1

    Well I guess FOX is reaching for straws to improve ratings,I cannot understand how Palin can contribute to anything that matters.

    June 13, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. ST

    Disaster. Who can raise hand and say they have benefited of what she says?

    June 13, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. Steve

    Republicans gearing up for another waxing in 2016

    June 13, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. tommyelf22

    FaxuNews ratchets up on the Kwazy factor...

    June 13, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. CJB

    People always love a good train wreck that will boost ratings. It's all about money will Palin. The more nutty she gets, teh better the ratings.

    June 13, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine


    This president can't even form a coherent sentence without a teleprompter. You Obama supporters need to look at the one you voted into office with your critical view on matters of intelligence.
    Still on the teleprompter kick? Tell me, is it only the GOP graduates of Harvard Law School that you consider intelligent? A person who can only deliver punchlines to safe audiences, and who's gaps in basic knowledge are painful to view is not a brain trust.

    June 13, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. james Pfeiffer

    Palin's resigning to the Fox network only confirms what I regretfully suspect...we could be some of the stupidest people on the face of the earth.

    June 13, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. Paul T

    I'm SO ready to never hear from her again. Maybe she and Brett Favre can create their own show, to be watched by all the idiots.

    June 13, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. anchorite

    Awesome. Nobody makes the GOP look worse than Palin. Kudos to the candidate who made so many Republicans vote for Obama.

    June 13, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. Bob


    I trust Palin

    Proving the phrase "stupid is as stupid does"......

    June 13, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. lovespandas

    @Steve – you are really foolish after this second term of Nobama if you think the democRATS will win in 2016. As far as Ms. Palin goes, I don't like her anymore than most but I DO like Fox News – they are the only ones that tell the truth but the other's are now realizing Obama is not worth a grain of pepper.

    June 13, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    what an idiot

    June 13, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. Kansan

    She wanted to see if she could spread her message of stupidity and willful ignorance to a wider audience...didn't pan out, so back to the only place where being a moron is celebrated.

    June 13, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. jinglebuddy

    Oh no...

    June 13, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  20. sgurdog

    She's all mouth, little mind.

    June 13, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. Steve S

    It was either Palin, or hire a Unionized janitorial service.

    June 13, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. John The Electrician

    She's a witch. oops, that's the other one.

    June 13, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. matt

    Funny, I don't think I could name a single person on CNN. Then again, no one watches CNN.

    June 13, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Oh great, Sarah Flailin is back.

    June 13, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. Hows that

    Hows that old Rapee Abortionee thingee ah goingg for yee ?

    June 13, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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