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


    At least she went to a somewhat real network


    What? I thought she was going back to Fox?

    June 13, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Patines

    @ Katie Todd will understand he is very understanding. For some reason he reminds me of one of the characters from the movie Backbroken Mountain.

    June 13, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. mountainlady

    Yet ANOTHER reason not to waste my time watching Fox.

    June 13, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Reality Check

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

    Feeding the troll: Is this really how conservatives see the world. An attack on the principles held by *a* woman is an attack on women? Objectively, as McCain's running mate she demonstrated very little world knowledge or sophistication, had weak academic credentials, and as far as executive experience goes, there are school districts with more students than the population of Alaska.

    As a pundit, she is very good at telling people what they want to hear, but often what she says is not backed by any critical analysis. To me it seems she might be going back to preaching to the choir because she is finding it hard to find any other paying audience.

    June 13, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. steve

    Must have been running low on cash lol

    June 13, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    well, if you wanted to know why people don't take fox news seriously, this is why.

    June 13, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Oscar Pitchfork

    Hey!- She looks like Sarah Palin, only crazier!

    June 13, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Fiona

    I think she should be paired with Chris Cuomo on CNN. They are equally brash, inane, and annoying.

    June 13, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. bob

    It's kind of funny to read the comments about her here and then go to Fox's website and read what people there have to say about her. Very funny comparison. I go to Fox News to get a laugh during the day because of the ridiculous stories and comments people post 😀

    June 13, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. Gary S.

    I guess the only people who want to hear her are the Fox News Koolaid drinkers. Anyone with a brain cant stand to listen to her butcher facts and the english language. Its good for Democrats she is back in the game!

    June 13, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. freedom

    This president can't even form a coherent sentence without a teleprompter. You Obama supporters need to look at the one you voted into office with your critical view on matters of intelligence.

    June 13, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Hawk in Texas

    Ahhh! The insanity of it all, and i doub't that they even have the proper wine to celabrate with.

    June 13, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Doctorduke99

    It is true that the public opinion cliche is that Palin rankles liberals, so Fox, whose marketing strategy was never subtle or sophisticated, figures that even though Palin made an ass out of herself last go-round, she will still be a ratings draw with the Neanterthal crowd that is their viewer base. I can only surmise that this means Fox is in, or anticipating, a ratings dip. I consider myself to be a "conservative", for what that classification is worth these days, and I, and all my "conservative" friends think Palin is an apalling example of the demise of the American political process. The only good news is that the number of people who view Fox as a credible news source seems to be on the decline.

    June 13, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. Sheadog

    Sarah Palin is the best thing that ever happened to the Democratic Party. Keep her coming FOX News. When I forget, Sarah reminds me just how far from center the Republican Party has gone and how little I have in common with these folks.

    June 13, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. Violet Weed

    Fiona, stop being catty. I am almost 65 and as any of my friends can attest I am almost as wrinkle-free as Ms. Sarah. She lives in Alaska where the sun is never that destructive anyway, and I'm from Hawai'i where few people are stupid enough to get tans. FIGURE IT OUT.

    June 13, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. jim

    Got to get back in the spot light:(

    June 13, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. Anastasia Beverhausen

    The network of dumb gets dumber.

    June 13, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Vickie Holbrook

    Seriously...she's a ditz for having conservative views??? Because she believes in small, limited government, traditional family values and people standing up and doing for themselves? She doesn't believe that the govt should be handing out our tax dollars to ppl who are too lazy to work? Until ppl start voting for the best candidate for office, instead of voting Democrat or Republican our country is screwed...still waiting for that transparency that Obummer promised, where is he? Still campaigning instead of running the country and dealing with all the liars he has put in office. Sad state of affairs that our country is in and it doesn't look like it's getting any better. A trained monkey could run this country better than Obummer and any intelligent person sees that, keep drinking the kool-aid.

    June 13, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Jimmy

    Bush drove this country "right" into the ditch.
    Obama drove it "left" into the ditch.
    Why can't we get this country back onto the middle of the road?

    June 13, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Dennis

    One word: WHY?

    June 13, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. name

    The world would be a better place if John McCain had never introduced it to Sarah Palin. A whole generation wouldn't think they could see Russia from Alaska.

    June 13, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. JohnW

    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!
    Um, project much? I've never heard one person say they don't like Palin because she's a woman. We don't like her because she's a fool and an excellent example of what's wrong with politics in this country. The fact that someone like her can be taken seriously speaks more to the lack of knowledge of those people than anything any liberal/Democrat/reasonable (pick one) person says against her. Think for yourself some time, it's fun.

    June 13, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    The sad thing is that some conservatives actually believe that she scares liberals: the only thing that scares us is the margin by which she will drive independents in this country over to the Democratic side.

    June 13, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. truth

    "FOX" and "news" two words that do not belong in the same sentence

    June 13, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |

    To the dude I agree whole heartedly with you as a matter of fact I would convince all my buddies to give her a pearl necklace. She really deserves many.

    June 13, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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