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. Me

    Why does this woman have any relavance what so ever?!

    June 13, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. ray

    only in america you can have morons and dunces like this moron and dunce palin making money with knowing anything in the world.

    June 13, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Bert Bigdongler

    If you want to observe filthy liberals foaming at the mount, just mention Sarah Palin! Exhibit one, this comment section!

    June 13, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. MNfree

    I mean just to make sure at least there are some facts here and not attempting to be bias, but Fox beats out all other news programming in every time slot and overall. I'm just sayin'

    June 13, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. The Elephant in the Room

    The GOP is going to be forced to decide how it divorces itself from the Republican Enterainment Complex which includes Fox [Palin], Limbaugh, Beck, Coulter, Hannity, Ingram, etc. The Party`s interests and these "performers" interests are NOT ALIGNED. An adult Republican will need to speak up real soon before all is lost.

    June 13, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    I suspect that this might have something to do with the neo-conservative versus neo-libertarian civil versus establishment Republican three-way civil war currently being waged on the right. Messaging, that's what one of those groups is going to use Palin for, but which one?

    June 13, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. oldsarg

    It's going to be different to have an host regular American on the news.

    June 13, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Don

    Nice going. Sarah Palin's mind doesn't follow the downward liberal spiral promoted by the current administration and too many politicians. Her values and opinions are true to the founding values of the USA and those of us who wish to preserve those values and directions – or should I say, rescue the USA from the road to, well, insignificant former super power.

    June 13, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. PassingThrough

    "Maddy and the Mister"–you win the Internet today with that well-crafted, subtle and wickedly subversive post! Kudos!

    June 13, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Victor

    This is fine with me. I've already blocked the FOX Chanel from my receiver. I never have to worry about listening to, or seeing any of these morons ever again.

    June 13, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. ItsAlive

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

    And this is why conservatives continue to cater to the lowest rung of societal intelligence. Not that I trust Rachel Maddox, but if you trust Sarah "90% of what I say can be easily fact checked and found to be false" Palin, more than the collective reporting of a widely trusted news source, then you simply have a few screws loose. Oh that's right CNN is a part of some vast left wing media empire (you conspiracy theorists are funny) Let me guess: you don't believe in evolution, climate change is giant conspiracy on the part of scientist, vaccines cause autism, Obama wasn't born in America, and dinosaurs were put in the ground by the devil to trick us into believing the earth is millions of years old...the things you conservatives believe are too funny.

    June 13, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. flawoman

    isn't her 15 minutes up?

    June 13, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Former GOP

    ..........THANK YOU.....THANK YOU...THANK YOU.......I will be buying more popcorn for the FOX CLOWNCAR SHOW.

    June 13, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. Kingofthenet

    This women is harder to get rid of then the Clap

    June 13, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. oldduke

    Another reason Fox is my 3rd choice for news (use to be #1)

    June 13, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. lkinaustin

    ratherbboating

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

    Don't know who you are, but liberals DO NOT bash women. That's solely on the Republicans.

    June 13, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. scarf

    Guess who needed money?

    June 13, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. John Walsh

    OMG How could anyone with a Brain listen to her ?

    June 13, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. akahn

    Fox Comedy starts up with a new season of America's dumbest politician. Fox sinks deeper into the toilet bowl of faux news even more...

    June 13, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Bob

    She's hot.

    June 13, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. PaulCat

    Get ready Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert.
    Your ratings are going up.

    June 13, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. MIchael

    Guess she was running low on money.

    June 13, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. Wm.Russ Martin

    And a complete and utter moron re-joins the Faux Noobs circus parade of idiots. Color me surprised.

    June 13, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  24. the dude

    If sarah palin was my gf, I would give her presents all the time, things to show I care, like a pearl necklace... nothing says classy like a pearl necklace.

    June 13, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. Peoples State of Illinois

    Hmmm, it is fun watching the libbies heads explode.

    June 13, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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