Guess who's back at Fox?
June 13th, 2013
03:07 PM ET
11 months 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. LouAZ

    Blind leading the blind . . . forever backward to the Dark Ages.

    June 13, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. Bubba Ray

    Fox News is doing comedy now?

    June 13, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. GaryOwen27

    Yikes!

    June 13, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. rs

    Fox is desperate.

    June 13, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. allens

    it does not harm fax. where do you go from the bottom?

    June 13, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Phillp Bunn

    The head ding-bat has made another nest. Her first announcement will be to inform the viewing public that her shoe size and her I.Q. are exactly the same.

    June 13, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. t3chn0ph0b3

    Sarah Palin is kind of like that rash you had on your ankle last month. You know, the one that you pulled out the hydrocorisone cream for? Then you put your sock at half-mast to let it air, and you were all like, "Okay. Glad that's done with." Then you wake up this morning, and sure enough, there it is again. So you hang your head a little.

    June 13, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. rayman61

    Can't wait to start watching SNL again.

    June 13, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. hooah

    "she.... looks.... better.... and.... better.... the....more....you....drink...." Under moderation by these guys. Must be a relative of hers

    June 13, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. azdave

    sigh ...

    June 13, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. 3gghead

    Oh puke... Sarah Palin is like a turd that won't flush, and Fox News is the clog in the drainpipe. This miserable excuse for a woman represents everything wrong with this country, all rolled up into a single, bigoted, ignorant, fear-mongering piece of garbage.

    June 13, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. Labrone

    Well of course she's back, you didn't really think she could make a living doing something else? Talk about your hot mess? The only thing worse would be those simpleton's that spend time watching fox new's so they can hear Shawn blame Obama for everything including rain. I am glad people finally recognized Fox News for the pile of crap that it is.

    June 13, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. Goodlord

    I trust Palin more then I trust Rachel Maddox or anybody else on MSNBC or CNN.

    June 13, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. charles

    Does anybody care!!! go ahead sing to the choir, with all the hatred, Obama still won!!! Hooola!!!

    June 13, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Hamburger Jones

    She quit because they cut her pay by two-thirds. Now even that amount seems like a fortune as her fame slips away and her second grandchild is born out of wedlock, so she's come begging on her hands and knees.

    June 13, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. Joe

    Glad to know they got one of their fringe lunatics back. It's a good place for her.

    June 13, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. Thatguy371

    And the comedy routine continues. So does this mean if they do an interview from her house, we'll see Russia in the background?

    June 13, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. Kenny Shackleford

    This is news to CNN because it is slow suicide for FOX.

    June 13, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. snowdogg

    OK... I give up. Who?

    June 13, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. ja

    pink slime, just will not go away

    June 13, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. Michele

    She's like dog crap on your sneaker. No matter how hard you scrape at it, the stink lingers.

    June 13, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Thatguy371

    @Goodlord "I trust Palin more then I trust Rachel Maddox or anybody else on MSNBC or CNN."

    So, IOW, you trust fairy tales more than reality? Good to know.

    June 13, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. cali girl

    big mistake

    June 13, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. gf333

    NOOOOOOOO!!!!! Or, at least that's what I'd be saying if I watched fox. Since I don't, it doesn't really affect me.

    June 13, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. Grumpy

    "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. WHAT MIND????

    June 13, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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