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Aug 26 2013

Palin Took Huge Pay Cut at Fox News

Well this is interesting. Sarah Palin was making about a million dollars a year as a Fox News commentator but turned down a new contract because it didn’t pay well enough. When she quickly found out that no one outside her Facebook page really cares about her anymore, she went back — for a 75% pay cut.

It was widely reported that Sarah Palin took a pay cut to come back to Fox News. What wasn’t known was how large of a cut she took. Now we know, and boy did Roger Ailes sock it to Palin.

In a report on TV Guide’s list of the highest paid people on television, TVNewser revealed how big of pay cut Palin had to take in order to get her Fox News gig back, “Other notable names: Megyn Kelly’s new deal is estimated to be worth $6 million a year, twice what Hoda Kotb draws, and more than three times as much as ABC’s Josh Elliott. Ann Curry is still one of the highest-paid reporters at NBC, drawing $5 million a year, while Sarah Palin’s new FNC contract is believed to be in the $250,000 range.”

My, how the not-so-mighty have fallen.

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  1. 1
    Larry

    That’ll still pay for a whole lot of word salad.

  2. 2
    Alyosha

    Goes to show that FOX News has a wonderful grasp of the free market economy Palin would go to the scaffold for. After her rejection they’ll take her back but it’s obviously not for the well-rehearsed though semi-coherent responses she gives. It’s the brand. Her face and the sound of her voice.

    Still paid too much, says me…

  3. 3
    democommie

    I don’t know if I could make it on a measly $5K/week.

  4. 4
    Alverant

    It’s still more than the vast majority than hard working Americans.

  5. 5
    magistramarla

    And these are the hypocrites who are constantly claiming that federal workers are being paid too much? Really?

  6. 6
    Modusoperandi

    FoxNews had no choice. Thanks a lot, Obamacare!

  7. 7
    Quodlibet

    “highest paid people on television”

    I’ve never heard of any of those people…guess that tells you how much TV I watch.

  8. 8
    leni

    Poor thing. I hear people who make that much are poor =/

  9. 9
    doublereed

    Megyn Kelly is $6 million/year? Holy shit.

  10. 10
    matty1

    @7 In fairness they are the highest paid people reading or commenting on the news. I’d be willing to bet actors in successful dramas get more and the article itself lists someone called “Judge Judy” Sheindlin as the top earner.

  11. 11
    Zeno

    Heck! The price on the remaindered copies of her books was cut way more than that!

  12. 12
    Ace of Sevens

    To be fair, Megyn Kelly does actual work.

  13. 13
    congenital cynic

    To be fair, Sarah Palin would be overpaid at $50k per year. She’s a moron, an ignoramus, and is all of her prattle in public life she has had precisely nothing of public value to say. The fact that she’s able to get a job with any broadcaster is indicative of the generally moronic status of the American public. How sad.

  14. 14
    had3

    Who was bidding against them?

  15. 15
    leni

    To be fair, Megyn Kelly does actual work.

    I need evidence.

    No, pics of her cleaning her dad’s pool don’t count.

  16. 16
    shripathikamath

    That will amount to what, $0.73 for every word in the salad she’s going to toss up? Less?

  17. 17
    jonnewman

    A quarter mil to spout off bollocks. I wouldn’t complain if I was her.

  18. 18
    democommie

    The world will be a better place when the Queen of the Wasillabillies is accorded the same respect (or less) as Vicki Jackson.

  19. 19
    shouldbeworking

    Federal employees arent over-paid by compariosion. It’s still more than what a tea bag senator gets for spouting the same crap.

  20. 20
    frog

    Matty1@10: Judge Judy has a syndicated show that airs several times a day on many networks. She gets paid so much because she gets a piece of the action every time the show airs.

    I’m sure there’s a pretty good base contract, too, but at least a fair argument can be made that the success of her show is completely dependent on her ability to be entertaining and thereby inspire syndication contracts; and thus she deserves to be paid commensurate with that success.

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