Fox News will not renew its contract with Sarah Palin, whose bombastic appearances have been a cable staple since the former Alaska governor’s failed run on John McCain’s ticket in the 2008 presidential election cycle. When asked for comment, a Fox News spokesperson confirmed the network had amicably parted ways with the governor on June 1.Did Fox change when it dumped Glenn Beck in 2011? No. This move doesn't signal a change, either.
Palin, 51, is expected to make occasional guest appearances on Fox and Fox Business, and will appear on other networks and cables. She has a show on the Sportsman Channel, does a lot of speeches, and will announce a new publishing project soon.
The handwriting was on the wall for Palin in late January when she was hinting that she might join the presidential race. Howard Kurtz published a roundup of skeptical commentary at FoxNews.com under the title "Panning Palin: Why Conservative Media Are Dismissing Her 2016 Prospects." At the same time, Palin got into a tiff with Bill O'Reilly, who was also dismissive about her presidential prospects:
Sarah Palin complained that “quasi-right” media figures weren’t uniting behind conservative potential presidential candidates like herself after Bill O’Reilly joked about her during a promo.(Oh, we'll miss that Palin syntax on Fox, won't we?)
The Fox News host suggested Tuesday that Palin, Donald Trump, and Chris Christie were not serious candidates in the 2016 White House race.
“Wow, talk about a reality show,” a smirking O’Reilly said....
Palin ... complained afterward during an appearance on “The Sean Hannity Show” ...
“Even there on Fox, kind of a quasi- or assumed conservative outlet,” Palin [said], “we have all day listening to the tease with Bill O’Reilly’s, he’s talking about the guests on his show tonight, or the commentary on his show, and that would be, ‘Oh, all these GOP contenders thinking about running like Donald Trump, Sarah Palin,’ and he names them off -- he says, ‘Oh, what a reality show that would be, yuck-yuck.’”
... “No, the people of America deserve the best, and competition through a GOP primary, whether a Bill O’Reilly or somebody else assumes it’s a reality show or not, they deserve that competition to surface the competitor who can take on Hillary or whomever it may be and win for this country,” Palin said.
And Roger Ailes soured on Palin years ago, according to Gabriel Sherman's Ailes biography, The Loudest Voice in the Room:
Sherman says Palin alienated others at Fox from the beginning -- Fox producers called Palin and her husband "The Bitch" and "The Eskimo."
So this says nothing about Fox. Fox will remain as awful as ever.