Palin and Fox News call it quits
January 25th, 2013
06:09 PM ET
10 years ago

Palin and Fox News call it quits

(CNN) - Sarah Palin and Fox News have parted ways.

The former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate had continued to speak out on politics as a paid contributor to the channel but turned down a recent offer to renew her contract with the network, according to a source close to Palin. Fox News confirmed that Palin will no longer be with them as a political analyst.

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The decision apparently ends, at least for now, a relationship which has hit rough patches in the last year. Reports said Palin angered network president Roger Ailes by announcing on a different news outlet she would not run for the White House in 2012.

In August of last year, she posted on Facebook, "I'm sorry Fox cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight," raising again questions about her future with the network.

A year earlier, Fox News host Greg Gutfeld said he had made a "joke" when he said "The only problem with talking about Sarah Palin is that she works here ... And if I say something bad and I see her in the hallway, I feel really awkward and wrong, so I just kind of say, 'good job'."

Her contract expired at the end of 2012.

Fox News Executuve Vice President of Programming Bill Shine said in a statement, "We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin. We wish her the best in her future endeavors."

Ahead of the 2012 election, Palin toured early primary states in a bus plastered with an image of the U.S. Constitution, wooing local politicos and appearing at politically significant events, including the Des Moines, Iowa state fair.

Her political organization, Sarah PAC, contributed to various Senate candidates this past cycle.

Palin has 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."

The contract news was first reported by the site Real Clear Politics.

- CNN's Steve Brusk contributed to this report

Filed under: Fox News • Sarah Palin
soundoff (356 Responses)
  1. lance

    Well I can see why....she's too intellectual for Fox.

    January 26, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. LindaPP

    Now what am I going to do for laughs??

    January 26, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. RichardSRussell

    Sarah Palin stands as a shining inspiration for all the trailer trash in America. No matter how dumb you are, you CAN make it big here.
    America! What a country!

    January 26, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. steve harnack

    Yeah, they offered to renew her contract with a few changes, she would have to pay THEM. Who knew that being 100% wrong 100% of the time could get you fired? On Fox?

    January 26, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. WhosTheRealCrazyHere

    Good riddance.

    January 26, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. M-W-T

    I wish she'd take that bitter OLD MAN from AZ. with know the guy who lost to a great black man......

    January 26, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. RINO Bill

    I believe a quote from Monty Python and the Holy Grail is appropriate: :... and there was great rejoicing."

    January 26, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. time for change

    I will miss her... oh wait, I don't watch FOX and anytime I see her face on the television I turn the channel, so I guess I umm.. i don't give a flip.

    January 26, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. Seven gartner

    Must be looking for even more evil/ridiculous dried up pastures than FOX.
    THis woman, I repeat, is an idiot.

    January 26, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. Larry L

    I think conservatives should reserve a seat for her in the 2016 Republican Clown Car! She has time to study-up. She could learn the name of a major newspaper. She might even be able to locate North America on a pretty-colored map!

    January 26, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. Grahame Rhodes

    Your headline on CNN main page is wrong when it says 'Palin splits from Fox"
    Fox fired her not the other way round. Try to get it straight for once.

    January 26, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. John Black Hills SD

    I forgot about this embarrassment until now, hopefully the next time she's mentioned, it'll will be her obituary.

    January 26, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. shistone

    Too bad she doesn't just split altogether.......maybe to Russia!

    January 26, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. TPF

    OMG! What will FOX do without her. LMAO! I'm crying uncontrollably right now.

    January 26, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. volsocal

    She wasn't on much. Not sure what the point of the contract was. Hope to see more of her in the future. She can be very entertaining and the reaction liberals hve to her is equally so.

    January 26, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Jeanneboo

    I don't know Myer. It might be pretty good if you are a Democrat.

    January 26, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Carolyn

    She will not be missed.

    January 26, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. Tallulah

    Her 15 minutes of fame has ended. Well, it ended in 2008 but what can you do.

    January 26, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. CALUSA

    Best news I've heard since the election results. It sometimes takes a while, but democracy seems to eventually make the adjustments needed to make progress.

    January 26, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. Bay O. Net

    Now that her Fox News contract has not been renewed, Sarah Palin's slate is now free and clear. She can now focus 100% of her energy and intellectual capacity on following her daughter's footsteps by competing on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." But the world will never forget that when John McCain won the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, and he could have chosen any conservative leader in the United States to be his running mate, McCain opted for hockey-mom "Sarah Barracuda" instead of Willard Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee. That speaks volumes about the current and future state of America's permanent minority party, the GOP.

    January 26, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. Dan

    Can she NOW please fade away like a has been/never was should? Please?

    January 26, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. Chagasman

    Go away, Sarah. Go back to Alaska and your children. Please. You will never hold any significant office again, thanks to your stellar performance as a ditzy, unintelligent know-nothing.

    January 26, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. wonderabout

    PHA-hahaha – so she's too crazy for Faux News? Contract not renewed.... hmmm she's prob thinking she can get more money from where? Go away and stay away already! Thank you, The American People!

    January 26, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. korkea aika

    Just compare this hot mess Palin with Hillary, and you see that the republicans don't get it. Its like comparing B Obama with the black pizza guy who wanted to simplify tax rates to 999. True, Palin is a woman and the pizza guy is black, but they tokens republicans throw at us are not really in touch with their respective communities, have not examined the challenges the people face and have no clue on how to find a way to address those issues. So I for one hope Sarah just fades into the background becoming a weird kind of footnote to the 2008 election.

    January 26, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. post commenter

    Well, at least this time she finished out her full contract before bailing...

    January 26, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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