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. scarf

    Bert Bigdongler

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

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    Replace liberal with conservative and Sarah Palin with Obama, then see how your moral positiion fares.

    P.S.: Also, replace mount with mouth

    June 13, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. sss

    Great, I'm glad she's back....so once again we can see how real dumb, racist, and outrageous faux and the repubs are.

    June 13, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. Malory Archer

    Bert Bigdongler

    If you want to observe filthy cons foaming at the MOUTH, just mention ANY DEM! Exhibit one, every commeht section on the Political Ticker.

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    FIFY.

    June 13, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Scott

    Is Ms. Pain really the only conservative Republican female out there? I mean seriously this is the best we can offer? She's great entertainment value but not much substance.

    June 13, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. George

    @ Anonymous – She is playing Bimbo's mother and it's not a remake. It's a train wreck.

    June 13, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. TedKennedy

    Ain't it great? Compassionate liberals screeching of their hatred for women who don't obey them? Their own can get drunk , drown a woman, and he is the conscience of the senate. Oh, but when a woman who does not do like they tell them arises they bring out the long knives. Just feel the diversity in the modern Democrat party!

    June 13, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. Tina

    Just one more good reason not to watch Fox news.

    June 13, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. Bull

    When I think of the term"Loose cannon",Sarah Palin comes to mind. The GOP need's to rid itself of dingbats and very old
    men.

    June 13, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. hotpatata

    I guess the talking dog was no longer available.

    June 13, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. amusedbyyou

    almost you little fox choir boys need to head on back to the fox website so she can preach at you, you boys are easy

    June 13, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. Pat

    Too bad Fox hasn't figured out why they claim to be the the No.1 new channel but they lost the election. I don't see the point people make on that one.. Fox hasn't figured that one out yet. I don't watch it anymore. When I did, it was because I love comedy

    June 13, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. Malory Archer

    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'

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    That's not really something to brag about as several studies, including one from the University of Maryland have concluded that faux noise viewers are less informed of the facts than Americans who don't watch the news at all.

    June 13, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. ItsAlive

    ratherbboating

    All these liberals/socialist that bash women are in full force today
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    I don't consider Palin to be a woman. I know lots of intelligent, liberal and conservative, women. And I would never think to insult the intelligence of women everywhere, by equating Sarah Palin with them. She is simply a loud mouthed child trapped in an adults body. Don't know how it happens, but your average elementary school student has far greater insight than Palin.

    June 13, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. Malory Archer

    oldsarg

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

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    What?

    June 13, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Jason Rogers

    This is GOOD News. With all the fear mongering BS Fox News spews out, it is good to get some comic relief in.

    June 13, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. Mary Ann

    She slither out from under that rock again!

    June 13, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. Terry Vann

    Another day ruined I tell ya! To the folks who point out that "fox news" is #1; I point out – you wouldn't be able to prove that by the mostly moronic commentary from Sarah Pailen. My conservative friends are totally embarrassed by her!

    Joe Biden still said it the best, and he was the first to comment on her selection as VP running mate: "There is no way on God's Green Earth, that woman is qualified to become President of the United States.

    Yet the GOP keeps her around, putting smiles not on those who are Republicans, but those who are not! If you are a Palin type support you'll have to think about that for a while to understand I know.

    June 13, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. jinx9to88

    Ratings huh Fox? Hannity and O'Reilly must not be getting it done or are not telling enough lies so they bring in the one person that can bust the lie output.

    June 13, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. irunner

    I would have never known. Haven't tuned in to FN in over a decade. I'm guessing the teabaggers demanded her back.

    June 13, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. honestmidwest

    Stupid is as stupid does......certainly they are consistent!

    June 13, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. bill

    I guess Fox News had a comedy slot they needed to fill for next season's schedule........

    June 13, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. Plastic Man

    In other words, shes fully recovered from her plastic surgery. You all completely missed it.

    June 13, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  23. Malory Archer

    ratherbboating

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

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    Right because the neocons/facists are nothing but sweentess and light toward liberal women.

    June 13, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. Michael Benjamin

    Will this imbecile please go back to her igloo!

    June 13, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. here and back again

    I love Sarah...she is a comedic goldmine. I'd sit down and drink a few beers with her. I would even eat some ribs with her. But that would about do it.

    June 13, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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