Sarah Palin takes Fox News commentary gig

Will be regular contributor and host 'Real American Stories'

Sarah Palin's television home for the next few years will be the Fox News Channel.

In a not-so-surprising development, Fox News said Monday that the former Republican vice presidential candidate will be a regular contributor to various shows and will occasionally host a show debuting this year called "Real American Stories."

Unlike Mike Huckabee, who challenged Palin's running mate John McCain for the Republican presidential nomination, Palin won't have her own show. "Huckabee" has been running on Fox News since September 2008.

Palin has proven a television force to be reckoned with by driving the ratings -- and buzz -- higher wherever she appears, so it's no shock that Fox News, the cable newser most aligned with Palin's politics, has courted her.

Speculation that Palin would strike some sort of TV deal has been rampant since she stepped down early from her perch as Alaska governor. Making her TV gig a part-time one also makes sense given Palin's stated desire to stay politically active in a variety of ways, including a steady stream of speaking engagements.

The multiyear deal, details of which weren't revealed, includes Palin making appearances on Fox Business Network, Fox News Radio and

"Governor Palin has captivated everyone on both sides of the political spectrum, and we are excited to add her dynamic voice to the Fox News lineup," executive vp programming Bill Shine said in a posting at on Monday.

"Real American Stories" is described as an exploration of inspirational real-life stories about overcoming adversity.
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