When Yahoo News spoke to Roger Ailes at Fox News' 15th anniversary party in September, the cable channel chief said that if Sarah Palin decided to run for president, her position as a paid network contributor would be over.
"She's out," Ailes said. "Done, immediately." He added: "We'd cover [her] like we would any other candidate--fair and balanced."
Ultimately, Palin decided not to run, but according to New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman, her days at Fox may be numbered anyway. According to the report, Ailes was furious that Palin made her Oct. 5 announcement on conservative talk-show host Mark Levin's radio show--and not on Fox News.
Palin appeared on Greta Van Susteren's primetime show on Fox that night to discuss her decision, but Ailes was nonetheless livid, according to the magazine.
"I paid her for two years to make this announcement on my network," Ailes scolded Bill Shine, Fox News' executive vice president of programming, according to Sherman's sources.
Palin's reported $1 million-per-year contract with Fox is up in 2013, and it now seems unlikely it will be extended. According to the New York magazine report, Ailes considered "benching" Palin over the incident.Read More »from Report: Sarah Palin scolded by Roger Ailes over 2012 announcement