Sarah Palin and Fox News Channel Part Ways

2:27 PM PST 01/25/2013 by Michael O'Connell
Sarah Palin

A network rep confirms that the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate is no longer on contract after three years as a paid contributor.

Sarah Palin is no longer under contract at Fox News Channel.

The former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate, who's been a regular face on the network since first becoming a paid contributor in 2010, has ended her run after three years with the News Corp.-owned network. FNC executive vp programming Bill Shine released a statement confirming her departure Friday.

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"We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Gov. Palin," said Shine. "We wish her the best in her future endeavors."

The news was first reported by Real Clear Politics.

After a diminished screen presence in 2012, few in the media expected Palin to re-up her deal with the cable network, which earned her a reported $1 million annually.

The outspoken figure had publicly voiced her displeasure with her employer, most notably penning a note on Facebook in August.  

"I'm sorry Fox canceled all my scheduled interviews tonight because I sure wanted to take the opportunity on the air to highlight Senator John McCain's positive contributions to America, to honor him, and to reflect on what a biased media unfairly put him through four years ago tonight," she wrote, referring to the occasion of vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's Republican National Convention speech.

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In the wake of her comments, Fox News Channel president and chairman Roger Ailes spoke publicly of his decision to bring Palin aboard, saying, "I hired Sarah Palin because she was hot and got ratings."

FNC remains the top-rated cable news network in both viewers and the coveted adults 25-54 demographic, but Palin's draw has noticeably diminished in the years since her unsuccessful bid for the vice presidency in 2008.

It's unclear whether the decision not to renew the contract was Palin's or the network's, but she hadn't appeared on FNC since mid-December.

FNC recently renewed its contract with another contributor, political strategist Karl Rove.

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