11:28am PT by Michael O'Connell
Sarah Palin Rejoins Fox News Channel
Sarah Palin and Fox News Channel are teaming up again. Less than six months after the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate confirmed that she had not renewed her three-year contract, the cable news network announced Thursday that she will return as a paid contributor.
“The power of Fox News is unparalleled. The role of Fox News in the important debates in our world is indispensable," said Palin. "I am pleased and proud to be rejoining Roger Ailes and the great people at Fox.”
As for the chairman and CEO, Ailes echoed Palin's pleasure at the news in his own statement.
“I’ve had several conversations with Governor Palin in the past few weeks about her rejoining Fox News as a contributor," said Ailes. "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.”
As a part of the new deal, Palin will be a contributor on both Fox News and Fox Business Network, starting her run on Monday, June 17, with an appearance on morning flagship Fox & Friends.
Palin's departure from the network came after months of publicly expressed displeasure with Fox. The outspoken talking head most notably penned a note on Facebook in August after she did not appear in the network's coverage of the Republican National Convention.
"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.
It was FNC executive vp programming Bill Shine who confirmed Palin's departure from the network in January. "We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Gov. Palin," Shine said at the time. "We wish her the best in her future endeavors."
Ailes once told the Associated Press, "I hired Sarah Palin because she was hot and got ratings."