Guess who's back at Fox?
June 13th, 2013
03:07 PM ET
10 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. skytag

    "In television interviews she was out of her depth in a shallow pool." — Peggy Noonan, conservative commentator and former speechwriter for Ronald Reagan

    June 13, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. lacoaster

    Yes! That makes two foxes. Even though I was celebrating not hearing from one of them. Coming up next: The release the rest of the clowns!!! CNN, get Donald Trump and CBS get Paris Hilton.

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

    FOXX is obviously desperate at this point and must be losing ratings and the only way they know to boost those ratings is to throw more red meat to the crazies! That is sad that the only way to survive is to go to the dark side, you betcha!

    June 13, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. FreeDrop

    Great news (if she's replacing Juan Williams)!

    June 13, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Guest

    Guess who's NOT back ay Fox . . . ME!

    June 13, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. RF Burns

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

    Really? Have you looked at their ratings lately?

    June 13, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. ratherbboating

    All these liberals/socialist that bash women are in full force today.

    June 13, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. john

    once again this just shows how fox has to make news because it is so bad at reporting news.

    June 13, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. ratherbboating

    If you don't want to hear her, change the channels when she comes on.

    June 13, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. dkc2001

    Oh those rabid RepubliCANTS....the world is laughing at you, not with you...

    June 13, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Vijay

    The Most Dumbest person on the earth is being hired by Fox , it is joke of this year. Why they have to leave her in first place? Does she knows who is Pakistan Prime minister – current? she will say no.!!!

    June 13, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. Guest

    Guess who's NOT back at Fox . . . ME!

    June 13, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. FLUX

    Doesn't matter to me. I quit watching FOX after they put her on the first time. Hope for her sake she doesn't post more
    pictures of her enemies with bulls eyes on their faces. She represents no one but herself.

    June 13, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. Dan

    I for one am very impressed with Palin. This is a woman who hit bottom years ago, and through sheer force of will, dug new depths for the conservatives. How low can she go? Never underestimate her will to be worse than the lowest of politicians.

    June 13, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. martigan

    why does everybody hate her so much. did she do something so terriable we have to talk trash about her. and now obama is in some deep trouble since he faked his way onto the ballot. check on that one guys. and we keep throwing out hate this world keeps getting darker every comment we spew

    June 13, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. wrm

    I love how she gets so many people frothing at the mouth.

    June 13, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  17. REPUBLICAN ARE THE GREATEST

    Great choice. A great American and a great Republican. Welcome Back!!!!

    June 13, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. concernedcitizen

    Oh, Sarah Palin...Why can't we quit you?

    June 13, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. francine

    I saw the headline on CNN Home page and thought" Oh no..not her again!" Sure enough..I was right. Oh well..not as if I ever will watch her. Waste of time.

    June 13, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ah, yes. $arah Palin ... returns to FOX. Decisions. Decisions. [ To click or not to click ]

    I'm betting also too that no one really cares what she does or says anymore. But, hey. I'll play the game and pretend to be all so excited. You betcha.

    June 13, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. Ge

    Eat your heart out cnn...LOL!

    June 13, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. Cted

    Please please please tell me she is gearing up for a run at the presidency in 2016........

    June 13, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. jer

    I thought it was going to be a picture of Jack Bauer. I hear fox is bringing the show back. Hope so.

    June 13, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  24. I am not YOU

    Words cannot adequatley describe the illogic that must have gone into this. It's going to be fun. She is such a putz.

    June 13, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. notogop

    I hope this isn't part of the Teapublicans image changing tactics. It failed miserably the first time and I doubt Sarah has gained any wisdom since then.

    June 13, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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