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Fox News, Palin cutting ties

By David Bauder

AP Television Writer

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LAST UPDATED: 09:52 a.m. HST, Jan 26, 2013


NEW YORK » Fox News Channel is parting ways with former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, ending her three-year tenure as a contributor on the network.

While Palin's time at Fox was occasionally rocky, the network's news executive, Bill Shine, said Friday that "we have thoroughly enjoyed our association" with her.

"We wish her the best in her future endeavors," said Shine, Fox's executive vice president for programming.

A person familiar with discussions between Fox and Palin described the parting as amicable, saying that Fox and Palin had discussed renewing her contract but she decided to do other things. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record.

Palin's lawyer in Alaska, John Tiemessen, had no immediate comment on her exit. Palin's last appearance on Fox News was Dec. 19 on Greta Van Susteren's show.

Palin signed to deliver commentary on Fox in January 2010, reportedly for $1 million a year. It was a coup for both sides at the time; the former Alaska governor was a little more than a year removed from her attention-getting run for the vice presidency and was considered one of the leading contenders for the 2012 presidential nomination. At Fox, she had a platform on the most popular network for conservative viewers. Fox installed equipment in Palin's Wasilla, Alaska, home to make her regular appearances easier.

But there were some indications of tension between her and Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, who was quoted in a 2011 story by The Associated Press saying, "I hired Sarah Palin because she was hot and got ratings."

When Palin announced she would not be a candidate in 2012, she said it on a conservative radio show, which didn't sit well with the company paying her to be a contributor. Palin took to her Facebook page late last summer to complain that Fox had cancelled her appearances one night at the GOP national convention; Fox said it was simply because the GOP had to condense its speaker schedule due to a hurricane.

Four years removed from her vice presidential candidacy, Palin's influence had waned and she was somewhat overshadowed as a contributor at Fox by Karl Rove, former President George W. Bush's top political aide. Rove recently renewed his contract at Fox through the 2016 election.

With four more years of a Barack Obama administration in power, Fox recently hired former Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich as a contributor.







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residenttaxpayer wrote:
I don't why she is news worthy as she is history and no longer politically relevant.
on January 26,2013 | 09:09AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Dam she looks like Tina Fey! Except this Sarah person is dull. Now Tina, ooooweee mama ,mucho hot and funny.
on January 26,2013 | 12:31PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Good news. I always thought she was a bit too liberal for Fox.
on January 26,2013 | 09:22AM
droid wrote:
Liberal in what sense? Probably the only thing liberal about her views was her commitment to Big Brother.
on January 26,2013 | 04:53PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Sarcasm, old son.
on January 26,2013 | 05:52PM
Aquarius1 wrote:
Sarah who?
on January 26,2013 | 10:05AM
kainalu wrote:
Dang! Her comedy was hilarious!
on January 26,2013 | 10:38AM
bender wrote:
Not sure whose image has improved as a result of this.
on January 26,2013 | 10:46AM
MightyMakiki wrote:
The title of the article seem timely since the GOP had a convention in South Carolina. I was hoping she was saying she was departing the party, instead of FOX. I'm so distressed with my party, I want to leave, but there is no where to go, except New Zealand. Hummmm.
on January 26,2013 | 10:50AM
Aquarius1 wrote:
MightyMakiki: Bon voyage!
on January 26,2013 | 10:15PM
entrkn wrote:
Good riddance... now we need to get rid of Fox.
on January 26,2013 | 11:47AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Fox News would bank bucks if they hit red Tina Fey.
on January 26,2013 | 12:33PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
We'd all like to hit Tina.
on January 26,2013 | 12:36PM
honopic wrote:
Aw, gee. Aw shucks. What a shame. Because they are both so dedicated to "truth, justice and the American way." NOT!
on January 26,2013 | 04:37PM
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