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. Andy

    Sarah Palin & Glenn Beck are running for President....IN RUSSIA. She can see the Red House (not White House) across the pond from Alaska.

    June 13, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. Sane Person

    Shes going to give live reports on the communist menace from what she can see on her deck. That and maybe a magazine club.

    June 13, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. NanookoftheNorth

    Suck it haters...she's back ! You betcha' 😉

    June 13, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. Bill Davis

    The idiot returns...

    June 13, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. James

    Can please not have this ignorant human on television / news anymore? She contributes absolutely nothing, and we are all dumber for having listened to her speak.

    June 13, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. cy simon

    Actually, Palin epitomizes the majority of the Republican Party....racist, bigoted, narrow-minded, hate-filled, fear-mongering extremists. Next!

    June 13, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. D.Mama

    They need a true comedy show. What better person to host it. She sure is a laugh a mimute!

    June 13, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. RinosRwinos

    She's back. I guess Fox is hard up for comic relief. Just what they need, one more empty head spitting out lies and distortions. They say ignorance is like manure. if you spread enough around something is bound to grow.

    June 13, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. BobInIrvine

    I guess they needed to bring the stupid back to Fox. Oh, wait...

    June 13, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Are those hickies or flea bites on her neck?

    June 13, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. JJ Straight

    I wish someone would drop a house on her and steal her ruby slippers

    June 13, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. Justin

    They knew it was a mistake getting rid of their best comedic talent

    June 13, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. iDuB

    AND THIS JUST IN!!! : Jon Stewart jumps on the first plane back to the states and to air the Daily Show because... Seriously... Who doesn't like watching a slow motion train wreck OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN... lol

    June 13, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Sooo glad she is coming back

    June 13, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. cy simon

    Sarah Failing is a one-woman, nonsensical, ranting machine. The only female public figure I have ever seen who is dumber than Failing is Michelle Bachmann. In fact, Bachmann makes Failing look like an intellectual....and that's really hard to do!

    June 13, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. Dinkamoe

    Until she quits again!!!

    June 13, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I see that Flailin Palin is back to wearing knee-pads for Faux.
    I wonder if she is still limber enough to do her thing.

    June 13, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. iDuB

    And the 2013 Palin Highlight Reel Begins!!! I have a feeling this year is going to have an EXTRA touch of Palins "off the hip" incorrect History of the United States and of basically anything a 8th grader would know without having to write it on their hands!!!

    June 13, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. Bill Lomee

    The chimp riding a skateboard wasn't available.

    June 13, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. freedom

    @Tom Paine

    We all know Obama was accepted at Harvard based on minority status, and his records are sealed there and at Columbia Univ. He's a hoax. She's the real deal. But you O supporters don't know what to do with that.

    June 13, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  21. Andrew

    Whew. I thought it was going to be Beck.

    I have no problem with Palin. She is endlessly entertaining – much funnier than other reality TV personalities.

    June 13, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  22. reddog

    There goes Fox News' credibility.

    June 13, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  23. QueenVelveetaJamimaLaqueetaTelmaColenderDaKeeshaaLaPorsha

    oh LOrdi Lordi da witch is back!

    June 13, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  24. MyName

    "Can't we all just get along?!"

    June 13, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  25. Jo Black

    Ah the Crayola Commentator returns.

    June 13, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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