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Fox and Sarah Palin to Go Separate Ways?

TV appearances on Wednesday were cancelled


Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin posted on Facebook Wednesday that her scheduled appearances on Fox News Channel that day had been cancelled, fueling speculation that she may be out at Fox.

Palin had the following to say in her post:

“I’m sorry Fox cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight because I sure wanted to take the opportunity on the air to highlight Senator John McCain’s positive contributions to America, to honor him, and to reflect on what a biased media unfairly put him through four years ago tonight.”

Indeed, McCain addressed the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, and it would seem to make sense to let his 2008 running mate speak a word or two about him. Palin didn’t elaborate further on what might have caused a cancellation, choosing instead to praise McCain in her post.

Tensions seem to be running high between Palin, who signed a contract with Fox in 2010, and the news network. There were reports that the network’s president, Roger Ailes, was not happy that Palin announced she would not be running for president first on a conservative radio show instead of on a Fox News program. Ailes has also been publicly dismissive of Palin, saying he only hired her because she was “hot and got ratings” and that she had “no chance to be president.”

In fact, it may be a lack of ratings that spells an end to Palin’s stint on Fox News. In the past four years, she went from being McCain’s running mate to not even being invited to speak at the 2012 RNC. She declined to attend the RNC. With her political clout waning, and her contract expiring in January, Fox News may not even bother to bring her back, let alone pay her $1 million per year.

— Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPlace Money & Politics Editor

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