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Sarah Palin quits Fox News after network slashes her salary

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By Noel Young, Correspondent

January 26, 2013 | 3 min read

Sarah Palin is leaving Fox News after the network offered a new contract worth a fraction of her previous million-dollar salary.

Sarah Palin: leaving Fox

The former republican vice-presidential candidate has been a commentator for the last three years.

When Fox's Roger Ailes signed her in 2009 she was a hot property and Fox even built Palin a studio at her home in Wasilla, Alaska.

But recently her appearances on Fox dropped off - and she complained on Facebook during the Republican convention that the network had cancelled her appearances.

The new contract offered by Fox, people familiar with the situation told the Daily Beast, would have provided only a fraction of the million-dollar-a-year salary.

Palin turned it down and both sides agreed to call it quits.

A source close to Palin leaked the news to Real Clear Politics, saying the former Alaska governor “decided not to renew the arrangement” and “remains focused on broadening her message of common-sense conservatism.”

Later Fox Executive Vice President Bill Shine said “we have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin. We wish her the best in her future endeavours.”

The Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz said, "What happened, quite simply, is that Palin’s star had faded. She was no longer the rock star of 2008, her future presidential ambitions the subject of constant speculation.

" The atmosphere at Fox shifted as well. It was no longer a network in the throes of a Tea Party revolt and providing a platform for Glenn Beck. Fox edged a bit closer to the center.

"Palin retains a passionate following among some conservatives who view her as a female trailblazer. But she will now have to build her brand without the Fox platform."

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