The Sarah Palin experiment at Fox News is officially over after three years. A Fox News spokesperson confirmed on Friday that the network has parted ways with the 2008 vice presidential nominee. Palin's contract was due to expire this month, and it isn't clear what's next for the former Alaska governor.
"We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin," Bill Shine, Executive Vice President of Programming at Fox News, said in a statement. "We wish her the best in her future endeavors."
Palin's rock-star status steadily declined at the network as she became a less-frequent guest across all of Fox's platforms. New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman reported in 2011 that Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes wasn't pleased with Palin's response to the Gabby Giffords shooting; Sherman is releasing a book on Fox News this spring. Palin's displeasure with Fox News did burst into public view last summer, when she posted about her "canceled appearances" during the Republican National Convention.
If Palin wants to continue a television career, she could land at any number of places, including other cable networks or online platforms. Other Tea Party favorites have recently taken up radio again, such as former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. Former Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., has an online show. Former Fox News host Glenn Beck is expanding his media empire and could be a landing spot for Palin.
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