Sarah Palin Out at Fox, Did Tensions Lead to Her Departure?

Sarah Palin left Fox News after three years as a paid analyst, the network confirmed Friday.

It is unclear what Palin's motives to leave were, but the New York Times reports that it was an "amicable" decision between the former Republican Vice Presidential candidate and the network. 

On Friday, an executive at Fox confirmed the news.

"We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin. We wish her the best in her future endeavors," Bill Shine, an executive vice president at Fox, told the New York Times.

According to Real Clear Politics -the first to report the news- Palin was offered a contract by FOX but she decided not to renew the agreement.

The contract she signed in 2010 was reportedly worth $1 million a year and ended this month. 

"She remains focused on broadening her message of common-sense conservatism across the country and will be expanding her voice in the national discussion," the source told Real Clear Politics.

Palin was a contributor to various shows on Fox including "On the Record." Her last appearance on TV was in mid-December.

Fox News Channel declined to give details of Palin's departure, and a spokesperson said only that the two had "parted ways."

Palin, a polarizing figure in U.S. politics, has enjoyed a strong following among many Republicans and supporters of the conservative Tea Party movement. Fox News Channel appeals to a conservative audience.

Some people started to speculate whether her departure had to do with a reportedly "icy" relationship between her and Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

According to other media reports, there were also tensions between Palin and the network. In one occasion last year, she complained on Facebook about Fox's decision to cancel her appearances during the third day of the Republican National Convention.

Palin did not make any comment on Facebook or Twitter as of Saturday, but some of her supporters cheered her decision to leave the network.

"Sarah, I am so sorry to see you leave Foxnews but trust me I understand. That network is leaning LEFT now by first removing Glenn Beck, Dick Morris, You and hiring Dennis Kuchinich a true LIBERAL," Tony Castronovo wrote on Facebook Saturday.

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