Sarah Palin is parting ways with the Fox News network after a new contract offered to her came with a drastic pay cut. Fox made limited efforts to keep Palin as part of the Fox News family once the contract was offered to the ex-governor and she decided to decline. According to The Daily Beast on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, Palin’s celebrity status has waned with the general public and she no longer draws in the audience she did when she was fresh off the campaign trail.
Palin started off at Fox News with an annual salary of $1 million and to accommodate the Alaskan ex-vice presidential candidate, Fox News even built a studio inside Palin’s home. She was a hot commodity when she joined the network in 2009. Today Palin’s popularity isn't where it once was and because of this Fox had her appearing less and less on the air.
Another factor that could come into play with Palin's departure from the network is that Fox's political views have shifted. This seemed to have started when Glenn Beck left the network and it appeared to make an effort to shed it’s Tea Party platform. Fox “edged a bit closer to the center" when it came to political views, according to the Daily Beast.
While Palin still has passionate followers among some conservatives, but it appears to be time for the “female trailblazer” to build her own platform beyond the one Fox News provided for her. Fox News had planned to give the official announcement to their viewers on Friday afternoon about Palin's decision to leave, but a source close to the ex-governor leaked the information earlier in the day on Friday to the website Real Clear Politics.