(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.
Blind leading the blind . . . forever backward to the Dark Ages.
Fox News is doing comedy now?
Fox is desperate.
it does not harm fax. where do you go from the bottom?
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.
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.
Can't wait to start watching SNL again.
"she.... looks.... better.... and.... better.... the....more....you....drink...." Under moderation by these guys. Must be a relative of hers
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.
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.
I trust Palin more then I trust Rachel Maddox or anybody else on MSNBC or CNN.
Does anybody care!!! go ahead sing to the choir, with all the hatred, Obama still won!!! Hooola!!!
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.
Glad to know they got one of their fringe lunatics back. It's a good place for her.
And the comedy routine continues. So does this mean if they do an interview from her house, we'll see Russia in the background?
This is news to CNN because it is slow suicide for FOX.
OK... I give up. Who?
pink slime, just will not go away
She's like dog crap on your sneaker. No matter how hard you scrape at it, the stink lingers.
@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.
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.
"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????