Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska who was chosen by GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain as his vice presidential running mate in 2008, is no longer on the payroll at Fox News as a money-earning contributor, according to multiple media sources including Real Clear Politics and ABC News on Friday. Fox News was not a forerunner in releasing the story according to sources.
UPDATE: On Saturday, there are now unconfirmed reports which say Palin was offered a mere fraction of the million-dollar-per-year salary, and that is why she and Fox decided to part.
Palin has been a political news contributor at Fox News since January 2010, and in the two years of engagement with Fox she has spent most of her on-air time criticizing the Democratic Party and President Barack Obama.
Though sources close to the former governor state that Fox News reportedly offered Palin an opportunity to renew her Fox News contract, she declined the offer. However, the statement from Fox News which was administered by Executive Vice President for Programming Bill Shine did not clearly state that it was totally Palin’s choice to end the relationship between the two of them. Instead, the vice president of programming at the news facility gave the typically polite comments which accompany a nonspecific disengagement when someone is no longer employed by saying that Fox News has thoroughly enjoyed its association with Governor Palin, and he went on to give the traditional best wishes to Palin in her future endeavors. Clearly, Fox is not stating that Palin refused an offer.
While there is no word as to what the latest offer was for Palin from Fox – if, in fact, there was an offer – but it is known that the offer in 2010 was for more than $1 million.