By Tim Kenneally
Sarah Palin has kissed and made up with FOX News Channel.
The former half-term Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate has re-joined the channel as a contributor, after famously parting ways with the network in January.
Palin will appear on the network’s daytime and primetime programming, beginning with an appearance on Monday’s “FOX & Friends.” She will also contribute to FOX Business Network.
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FOX News Channel chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said that Palin came back aboard after “several conversations” between the pair, adding, “I hope she continues to speak her mind.”
“I’ve had several conversations with Governor Palin in the past few weeks about her rejoining FOX News as a contributor,” Ailes said. “I have great confidence in her and am pleased that she will once again add her commentary to our programming. I hope she continues to speak her mind.”
Palin, whose original run as a FOX News contributor lasted from January 2010 to January 2013, called her once-again workplace an “indispensable” news outlet with “unparalleled” power.
“The power of FOX News is unparalleled,” Palin said. “The role of FOX News in the important debates in our world is indispensable. I am pleased and proud to be rejoining Roger Ailes and the great people at FOX.”
No reason was given for Palin’s departure when it was announced early this year. However, New York Magazine reported that Ailes was angry with Palin after she announced that she wouldn’t run for president in 2012 via a rival news outlet and wanted her “benched.”