FOX News is parting ways with Sarah Palin, depriving the 2008 Republican VP candidate of a prominent punditry perch. After a three-year run as a paid contributor to the nation's highest-rated cable news channel, Palin and FOX have cut ties, scoops Real Clear Politics's Scott Conroy.
After resigning as Alaska governor in 2009, Palin became one of FOX News' marquee on-air assets, appearing frequently across its programming and often generating headlines for her memorable and characteristically provocative commentary.
In a 2011 interview with the Associated Press, FOX chief Roger Ailes was blunt about why she was on-air. "I hired Sarah Palin because she was hot and got ratings."
But that appeared to change in recent months. In a Facebook post during the Republican convention last August, Palin lamented that the news channel had "cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight."
Via Real Clear Politics, and Politix analysis.