Sadly (and predictably), Sarah Palin and Fox News have ended their three-year relationship, as reported first by Real Clear Politics. Fox will not be renewing her contract as a contributor. The former reality star, half -term Governor of Alaska, and fleeting GOP hopeful signed on with Fox News in January 2010. Salon reports that as of last week, Palin was still in contract negotiations with Fox.
Fox Executive VP Bill Shine released an official statement to The New York Times:
“We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
New York Times writer Brian Stelter tweeted:
Stelter speculated that:
“Fox almost surely offered a lesser annual amount to Ms. Palin in the recent negotiations, since four years have passed since her unsuccessful bid for vice president. Fox had no comment about the negotiations.” (New York Times)
Last year, Palin used her Facebook platform to complain about Fox’s decision to cancel her appearances during the third day of the Republican National Convention. She last appeared on Fox in December, but continued diligently to update her Facebook fans on her activism.
Rumors of tensions between Palin and Fox News CEO Roger Ailes have been common knowledge in the “lamestream media” industry that Palin had such a low opinion of before she became a part of it. Ailes, who reportedly hired Palin because “she was hot and got ratings” has belittled her publicly and even called her an “idiot” and “stupid,” reported Huffington Post. The height of the tension between the two came in the wake of her infamous “Blood Libel” video on Facebook, posted after the Tucson massacre that injured Congresswoman Gabby Gifford and killed six people. Palin refused to follow Ailes’s order to “lie low” and the result was a media fiasco.
A source close to Palin told Real Clear Politics:
“It’s my understanding that Gov. Palin was offered a contract by Fox, and she decided not to renew the arrangement. She remains focused on broadening her message of common-sense conservatism across the country and will be expanding her voice in the national discussion.”
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