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. McRCN

    Not sure why liberals get there panties in a knot over Palin. She rarely appeared on Fox before anyway. It is not worth talking about.

    June 13, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. Really, without Seth & Amy

    She's going to host a new show, like NBC has/had 30 Rock, but Palin's is going to be called "Under a rock".

    June 13, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. DocHollywood

    I see Palin couldn't make it on the outside. But don't worry, half way through her contract with Fox she'll quit again.

    June 13, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. Mike

    Looks like someone has decided she's running for the Senate...

    June 13, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. WMesser58

    Fox has once again proven how unfair and unblanced they are and apparently how desperate given the need a moron to talk to their sheep.

    June 13, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. DBL STD

    Certainly not what the Repulican Party needs. But then again, Fox is not the Republican party.

    June 13, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. Robert

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

    Palin oversaw the "bridge to nowhere". Welfare and waste would SKYROCKET under her "leadership".
    Don't confuse having a big mouth with actually being good at something.

    June 13, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Duck Fallas

    Palin / Bachmann 2016

    June 13, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. russ1960

    Fix me a sandwich...

    June 13, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. Terry Miller

    I should not post but she is just so daffy?

    June 13, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. faheem

    a sign of desperation at FOX!!

    June 13, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. roy

    Time to stop watching fox for zero credible news.

    June 13, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. Hillary

    Bring it on Sarah! We will have fun laughing at you again.

    June 13, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. yalibi

    Guess, who appears amazingly obsessed with Fox? ... CNN!

    June 13, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. chieftrainer

    Funny that the mere mention of her name causes such stress in so many people.

    June 13, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. Sal

    What a disgusting news story! 

    June 13, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. fastrack

    Those people at Fox! Always seeking ways to make themselves more irrelevant. That Palin chick! Always looking for ways to get herself out of Wasilla....where they apologize to visitors for her presence.

    June 13, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. terry

    No different than the other networks. Alot of air heads running their mouths about things they know nothing about and giving out their own personal views. The days of just reporting the news are gone. You now have celebrities that look good on TV and who cares about substance.

    June 13, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. blindbear

    She's like political herpes. Always irritating and keeps coming back, oozing her Mama Grizzly/wingnut excretions.

    June 13, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. cy simon

    Good Lord, this woman looks more and more like an old, maniacal hag every time I see her. Please retire to your backyard and keep an eye on Russia for us or, just go the hell AWAY!!! What a tramp!

    June 13, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. Sal

    Are the American people so dumb that many of them still support this trashy woman? 

    June 13, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. IrishMcC

    Can't believe they are bringing this dumb bozo back...must want to cater to their 'Tea Party' audience. If you are going to form an alternative party..."Note to self"...don't name it with a totally oxymoronic name...give me a break... 🙂

    June 13, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  23. Steve Allard

    Fox News is know by the company it keeps; freak shows and circus clowns.

    June 13, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  24. James Dean

    Finally someone will bring some sense and bring credibility to Fox News. Lol.

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

    I'm surprised this is not the leas story on the CNN website. What better way to prompt more nonsensical rantings from the Left?

    June 13, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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