Sarah Palin – Alaska governor, GOP VPOTUS nominee, Tina Fey doppleganger, reality TV star, best-selling author – no longer can include Fox News Channel Contributor on her resume’s list of current activities.
A Fox News rep told Deadline the network and Palin parted ways amicably, this time on June 1, as Politico first reported. But she hasn’t been seen on the air much because the network felt she did not hold the same relevance as she once did, according to an informed source. That’s telling, given the revving up of a presidential election cycle. Since the contract ended, Palin has turned up on the network as a guest, and may continue to do so going forward.
This is believed to have been her last appearance on Fox News Channel, on June 8, in which she joined Sean Hannity on his primetime show to slap around the “mainstream media” over its coverage of police reports alleging reality-TV star Josh Duggar had sexually fondled some of his sisters when they were all minors. But, in the exchange, Palin also verbally smacked FNC’s rising star Megyn Kelly, who’d landed the exclusive interview with the Duggar family:
FNC first signed up Palin as a contributor, after she resigned as Alaska’s governor in 2009. That pact ended in January of 2013. In June of ’13, however, FNC CEO anc chairman Roger Ailes announced he had signed her as a contributor for the second time, saying, “I’ve had several conversations with Governor Palin in the past few weeks about her rejoining Fox News as a contributor. I have great confidence in her and am pleased that she will once again add her commentary to our programming. I hope she continues to speak her mind.”