Sarah Palin out at Fox News: No surprise, Palin quits

Jan 26, 2013 at 2:10 p.m. ET

Sarah Palin is out at Fox News after contract negotiations fail. Palin made a reported $1 million per year, but Fox executives frequently complained she failed to meet ratings expectations.

Sarah Palin looks surprised.

Sarah Palin is out at Fox. Some say she quit Fox News, while others speculate she was given the cold shoulder by network executives. Palin was initially hired as a regular contributor for Fox News back in January 2008, around the same time her book, Going Rogue: An American Life, became a New York Times bestseller.

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Both Palin and Fox remain neutral regarding her removal from Fox airwaves. Bill Shine, the network's executive vice president, released a statement to the New York Times Friday evening in which he described Palin's role at Fox News as appreciated, but clearly no longer needed. Said Shine, "We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin. We wish her the best in her future endeavors." The New York Times reports before Palin was out at Fox, her contract earned her $1 million per year. However, she and Fox could not reach a deal when her contract ended in December 2012.

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The former Republican vice presidential candidate appeared disgruntled with Fox at numerous points throughout their relationship, most recently in August 2012, during the Republican National Convention (RNC). Palin did not provide commentary for Fox News during the RNC and was quite upset about it; she took to her Facebook page to gripe. She wrote, "I'm sorry Fox cancelled 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…"

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Gabriel Sherman, of New York Magazine, stated back in late August 2012 that "according to sources, the relationship at times has gotten so bad that much communication has been conducted via Palin's husband Todd."

The Atlantic Wire reports a source close to Palin also confirms that she's out at Fox, though the source makes it clear she quit. "It is my understanding that Governor Palin was offered a contract by Fox and she decided not to renew the arrangement." The source spoke to Real Clear Politics' Scott Conroy. Palin was Fox News' highest-paid contributor, but the network was often unhappy with her ratings. In turn, Palin often complained she received less-than-ideal segments.

No matter the reasoning, for now it's clear: Sarah Palin is out at Fox News.

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