Splitsville For Mercurial Diva Sarah Palin and Fox News

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$1 mil a year contract was up this month.

NY mag‘s Gabriel Sherman (writing an unauthorized book on Fox boss Roger Ailes) has the back story. Translation:  after courting, marrying, and coddling Palin three years ago, Ailes found out the hard way she’s a narcissistic, vindictive, mercurial diva.

Sherman: Fox’s willingness to let her walk is a testament to a relationship that has been troubled from its early days. Palin was the rarest of Fox News pundit, who refused to march in lockstep with the network’s orders. From her erratic Facebook posts to her rogue interviews with non-Fox media, Palin was a polarizing presence and a management challenge for Roger Ailes.

The relationship between Palin and Fox continued to be troubled. At times, things got so bad, according to sources, that much communication between Palinland and and the network was conducted via her husband, Todd. Palin ratcheted up tensions even more last October when she snubbed Fox News and went on Mark Levin’s radio show to announce she was not running for President. She did it in part because she was angry Fox News was giving a platform to Karl Rove, one of her biggest critics on the right. “She isn’t happy with Karl,” one Palin adviser told me then. “From day one, he hasn’t been very nice.”

After giving her exclusive to Levin, Ailes wasn’t happy with Palin. “I paid her for two years to make this announcement on my network,” he told Bill Shine. Shine placed a call to Palin’s rep Bob Barnett and warned him she was at risk of being “benched.”

But having taken herself out of the presidential sweepstakes, her value to the network plummeted. Palin’s million-dollar appeal was always amplified by her flirtation with a presidential run. Ailes has said he hired her because she was “hot and got ratings.” But by the end, she was not hot and not rating, and had to fight for airtime. At the Republican National Convention in August, she was bumped from a prime-time interview slot and in Palin fashion, she took to Facebook to complain about it, once again breaching Fox protocol.

NYT‘s Brian Stelter with a robotic statement from Bill Shine, Fox EVP: “We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

Sarah Palin Fox News

January 2010.

NYDN trumpets the split!

Rival NYC tabloid,  Murdoch News Corp-owned New York Post, relegated the Palin announcement to a Page Six gossip item:

Sarah Palin and Fox News have parted ways, the network confirmed last night. The former Alaska governor, who signed a reported $1 million a year contract with Fox News in 2010, has recently made fewer and fewer appearances. We have been hearing rumors that Palin, who didn’t even leave Wasilla on election night, would not have her Fox contract renewed because of her diminishing ratings power, but also because she didn’t see eye to eye with network chiefs.

Saturday, January 26, 2013 @ 7:48 AM


  • Jaccharlot

    Shermans writing is so amateurish, it reeks of loathing everyone he writes about, I don’t think he is going to hit #1 on Amazon with a bunch of back stage gossip.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Ailes has Zev Chafets writing a dueling bio.

  • Jimbotalk

    Palin is a strange duck.  She’s attractive, articulate, and bright (OK, not well informed, but bright), who had the world handed to her by John McCain.  And she proceeded to piss away her political future and her media future.  I do wish her the best in whatever she wants.  I just hope she knows what that is.  I sure as hell don’t. 

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      It appears to me that Palin is driven by money.  She’s got that reality show.  Sold books.  Collected $3 mil from Fox.  Speeches.  And More.

    • Jaccharlot

      Bingo

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      I still believe Karl Rove (who was just signed to a new Fox contract) had a hand in vanquishing Palin.
       http://www.buzzfeed.com/dorsey/7-reasons-no-one-is-surprised-that-sarah-palin-and

    • Jimbotalk

      She should have given Fox her refusal to run, and a bit more homework, if money is what drives her.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Nothing like biting the hand that feeds …

  • CaptPaul

    Let us hope she fades into obscurity, and is located in 10 years as a $10 hooker living in an Arkansas trailer park.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Ailes has to have buyer’s remorse. Fox didn’t get much bang out of that 3 mil. Via BlackBerry

    • Jaccharlot

      Ailes probable low balled her with a quarter offer and she balked, so he let her go.
      You have to believe she will be back, it’s her best venue.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Or maybe Palin’s exit was part of Karl Rove’s contract demands.  He just signed a new one within the last couple of weeks with Fox.  Palin loathes Rove and I assume the feeling is mutual.

  • Sullivanmyra

    Drives the women crazy and reminds the men of their own shortcomings!

  • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

    At the Republican National Convention in August, she was bumped from a prime-time interview slot and in Palin fashion, she took to Facebook to complain about it, once again breaching Fox protocol.
    And we all know how that all ended. Romney lost. He couldn’t turn out the republican vote. 4 million registered republicans didn’t vote….what if the good ole boys hadn’t been such “obvious” dicks toward Palin? It’s not like they weren’t being accused of a waging a war on women by their opponents. There is a reason they call it the stupid party. 

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Palin peaked in her 2008 Repub convention speech.   She’s been tiresome since.

    • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

      Marty, the reason republicans had a 70 seat change in 2010 mid term elections  is largely do to Sarah Palin campaigning and endorsing various conservative candidates. It wasn’t a Mitt Romney endorsement that got republicans elected in the 2010 mid term elections. Sarah Palin is a populist favorite. Romney on the other hand……..

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      I agree with you, KJ.  I’m just not a fan of Palin’s MO re:  Fox News and the $3 mil they paid her.  She wasn’t loyal to her employer, giving exclusives to others because she was ticked at Fox.

    • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

      Marty I think it’s great they split. It’s going to take populism in 2014 for the republicans to add seats to Congress. This is Palin’s forte so the powers that be should just hold their noses and work it out. It’s better to have Palin inside the tent working with them than outside the tent peeing in :) IF Romney had buried the hatchet he could have used Palin’s mass appeal to his benefit especially when the dem’s were smearing the party with the war on women bullcrap. They have to get past their personal dislikes of each other, and get back to looking at the big picture.