Fox News Suspends Newt Gingrich as Contributor Amid Trump VP Speculation

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The resurrection of Newt Gingrich -- who pummeled heretofore front-runner Mitt Romney in the Jan. 21 South Carolina Republican primary -- already is directing millions of dollars in local television advertising to Florida, the next GOP battleground on Jan. 31.

The network thought it was best to stop Gingrich as a contributor to avoid any conflicts of interest.

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News says it is suspending its contributor agreement with Newt Gingrich "due to the intense media speculation" about him as a potential vice presidential candidate of Republican Donald Trump.

Jay Wallace, executive vp, news at Fox, said Tuesday the network thought it was best to halt Gingrich's role as a network contributor to avoid any conflicts of interest.

The former House speaker joined the network in 1999, and his role was suspended in 2011 when he ran for president in 2012. Gingrich returned to Fox in 2015.