Guess who's back at Fox?
June 13th, 2013
03:07 PM ET
2 years 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. bill

    If they had show with Palin and Dubya, they could call it Dumb & Dumber

    June 13, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. SkyKing169

    Many need to be told the obvious:
    Just because Fox News calls itself 'News' doesn't meat that it IS news.
    'Fox News' is entertainment! It is no more 'news' than Steven Colbert or Jon Stewart. It is a vehicle to sell advertising space to a targeted audience. That's all!
    Don't admit to others that you are so stupid as to allow yourself to get sucked in to thinking that it really is news.

    June 13, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. scarf

    How's that re-packaging thing working out for ya, Republicans?

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

    Can you not find an intelligent, well spoken Republican woman? Why HER? She's just awful and one more reason to not to watch fox. OHHHH – that's right – she can see Russia from her porch!

    June 13, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. SkyKing169

    Many need to be told the obvious:
    Just because Fox News calls itself 'News' doesn't meat that it IS news.
    'Fox News' is entertainment! It is no more 'news' than Steven Colbert or Jon Stewart. It is a vehicle to sell advertising space to a targeted audience. That's all!
    Don't admit to others that you are so gullible as to allow yourself to get sucked in to thinking that it really is news.

    June 13, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. Malory Archer

    ratherbboating

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

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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

    What's the matter CNN? You permit reichwing fanatics like ratherbboating to namecall but then moderate out of existence any post that call them onto the carpet or attempts to turn the tables on them. So much for the lie of the "librul" media.

    June 13, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Lynne Buchanan

    So
    Bull's post goes like this: "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."
    And I ask, don't you men the Dems need to get rid of Nancy Pelosi, Dingbat of the Decade and Harry Reid, Obnoxious Lying SOB?
    Just asking

    June 13, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. libsactuallybelievetherebs

    At least she went to a somewhat real network and not one that sniffs Obamas backside!

    June 13, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. UDidntBuildThat

    Oh wow! Not really a fan but hey she was right about the death panels. Just listen to Sebilius regarding that 10yrs girl she turned down fr being on a transplant list.
    Sebilius: "Some people live and some people die".
    All about the children right Dems?

    June 13, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. jb61264

    its so "en vogue" to hate on Sarah Palin...everybody says "oh, she's so stupid" or "oh, here comes the comedy hour"...but nobody ever has anything with any substance to say about any of her policies...i find that quite amusing. I'm not particularly fond of her but i do agree with some things that she says...nothing really merits all the backlash except that its the "in" thing to do by discrediting her...step up to the plate and share some "REAL" things that you disagree with her about policy-wise instead of just saying she's an idiot people

    June 13, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. libsactuallybelievetherebs

    I love when libs cry

    June 13, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. Keith Chadwick

    Thank you Fox News and Sarah Palin you just help the dems in ensuring another victory in 2016. Keep putting up the idiots who can see Russia from there backyard and read notes off of there hand in a debate. Please, please, please keep putting up the lowest denominator of right wing zealots, we will all sleep better after a wonderful evening of laughing!

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

    CNN obsession with Sarah continues

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

    The best thing to happen to Deomcrats has been Palin, O'Riley, Beck, Hannity etc. It's what has kept the liberal agenda moving forward.

    June 13, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Bring on the sillyness! She should not be seen as the average American because she doesn't fully understand and doesn't want to understand many things. She is a sad statement about the state of the country.

    June 13, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. Mark

    Never watched FOX and never will.

    June 13, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. Jerry

    I thought the Party was going to re-brand itself? This move seems counter-intuitive.

    June 13, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. us_1776

    Ah Hahahahahahahahaha ...

    Neocons favorite brainless bimbo is back.

    More fodder for the late-night.

    .

    June 13, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. REPUBLICAN ARE THE GREATEST

    Great Choice. She is a great American and Great Republican. Welcome Back. Make those loser Democrats Crazy more the they are already. Fox News the best News Station ever.

    June 13, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. toodark

    So the broader audience she sought saw her for the BS she spewed and she's whimpering back to the narower (minded) audience who already ascribe to her drivel. –Got it.

    June 13, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. SFRich

    As they say, "How you gonna keep them down on the (fish) farm after they've seen..." I suppose Sarah was finding it too dull up there (ya know...) in alas kaaa.

    And FOX, they've got to keep their stable of crazies replenished. Without bats**t crazy Glen Beck, they've got room for a few.

    I look forward to more of the same nonsense.

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

    Broad (minded) audience vs. narrow (minded) audience. No question where she fits.

    June 13, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. scarf

    ratherbboating

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

    ===============================================================

    Oh, please.....No more playing the gender card.

    She's not being bashed because she's a woman. She's being bashed for being an ignorant, hate-filled person.

    June 13, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Fox News is becoming a comedy channel......

    June 13, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. Michael J.

    Sarah who?

    June 13, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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