Politics

Roger Ailes Furious at Sarah Palin; Future at Fox News Unclear

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Fox News chief Roger Ailes reportedly considered "benching" Sarah Palin from Fox News because she did not make her announcement that she was not running for president on the network that was paying her $1 million per year.

A report in New York Magazine says Ailes went ballistic on October 5 when Palin made her announcement on a conservative radio show.

"I paid her for two years to make this announcement on my network," Ailes angrily told Fox executive vice-president Bill Shine in a meeting following the announcement, according to sources who "described the episode on condition of anonymity, given the sensitivity of the relationships."

Palin appeared on the network later that night to discuss her decision, but Fox didn't get the bang for its considerable bucks it is paying Palin. As a result, Ailes reportedly considered pulling her off the air, while still paying her until her contract runs out in 2013.

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Shine told all of this to Palin's agent. He relayed the information to Palin, who reportedly apologized for her "misstep."

The story says Palin didn't make the announcement on Fox in retaliation for giving a platform to Karl Rove, who has been a major critic of Palin.

"She isn't happy with Karl," one Palin adviser told New York. "From day one, he hasn't been very nice."

As far as her future at Fox, New York writes:

But tensions between Palin and Fox haven't subsided. Ailes, who told Newsweek that he hired Palin when she was "hot," clearly hoped she would boost ratings. But beyond her prime-time commentary, Palin hasn't turned into the television asset Ailes had hoped. Palin's contract is up in 2013 and it's unclear what the current fracas will mean for her future on Fox News. Part of her appeal as a pundit was that every appearance on the network was turbocharged by the "will-she-or-won't-she run" speculation. She's now given up that chip to play.