Guess who's back at Fox?
June 13th, 2013
03:07 PM ET
1 year 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. Dikran

    This happened because she couldn't work as a clown at the country fair

    June 13, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Maddy and The Mister

    This is great news for Fox and the American people in general. I look forward to her commentary, which will undoubtedly bring a fresh perspective to the issues we face. She has experience with seeing things through to completion, and is also well-versed in foreign affairs thanks to her unique geographical home base.

    June 13, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. Fish

    Alaska's worst joke just won't go away. Groan...

    June 13, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    -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."

    And this is her solution?

    June 13, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. Boo

    The return of the dingbat. Knew it before I even saw this idiot's picture. I'm sure CNN will censor this. So much for free speech.

    June 13, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Larry

    I believe Palin left CNN initially because she wanted too much money on her contract renewal. Now that she can't find anybody to listen to her stupid comments she has lowered her price. She shouldn't get more than $1. Remember, McCain lost the election because of her ignorance. I'm appalled that CNN would bring back the LOUDMOUTH!

    June 13, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Walter Adams

    She just can't resist the media she claims to hate. Hasn't Palin fatigue set in yet?

    June 13, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. kathy

    Wow talk about stooping to an all new low. Why would anyone want her on their show. She's dumb as a rock!

    June 13, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. chill

    Apparently "the choir" is the only interested audience.

    June 13, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. Bob

    The Wassillabilly is the gift that keeps giving... no matter how many times you send it back.

    She's like a case of herpes

    June 13, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. Frank

    God, she WON'T go away.

    June 13, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. DJ Reality

    I just don't know what to say? Yes I do. Roger Ailes has no news savvy. He just likes causing a stir Fox News in equivalent of a right wing National Enquirer.

    June 13, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. sonny chapman

    Keep preaching to the choir. Your "message" doesn't appeal to human decency.

    June 13, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. Brandon

    Playboy is better suited for her.

    June 13, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. GLick

    Yay. The trainwreck is coming around the bend.

    June 13, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. corpsman

    She just couldn't NOT be part of the "lame-stream media."

    June 13, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. george busch

    Like it matters. They will continue to drop in ratings, brining in a raving lunatic won't help.

    June 13, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. Steves

    I await comments from the poster "Palintwitt" shortly.

    June 13, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. krowbar

    Yippee! The more she screeches her goofy opinions to the Teabillies, who are FAUX News' base, the better it is for Dems. Maybe it will cause Congress's 10% new low rating to get even lower.

    June 13, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. Malcolm in St Louis

    puleeze the IQ level at Fox drops even more....

    June 13, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Kevin

    oh, yeah... it's um...What's-her-face...you know... the one famous for not actually doing or finishing anything?
    I guess they couldn't find anyone actually relevant....
    Must be a slow news day.

    June 13, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    This is News ?

    I thought she was playing Bambi's mother in the remake !

    June 13, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. hooah

    She looks better and better the more you drink.

    June 13, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. fred

    Who cares

    June 13, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. Thomas

    This is News ?

    I thought she was playing Bambi's mother in the sequal !

    June 13, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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