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Fox News stops paying Sarah Palin to go on television, but she's invited to appear for free

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Sarah Palin needs no introduction. She has stayed in the media spotlight years after her failed run for the White House in 2008, including as a contributor on Fox News. Since that time, Palin resigned as Alaska's governor, compared waterboarding to baptism, got mixed up in a family brawl, and launched an eponymous digital television channel. She was also a contributor on Fox News until today.

We don't know the exact reason why, as Mike Allen wrote today, Palin was "dumped" by Fox News. Palin's contract is, however, over:

Palin, 51, is expected to make occasional guest appearances on Fox and Fox Business, and will appear on other networks and cables. She has a show on the Sportsman Channel, does a lot of speeches, and will announce a new publishing project soon.

Does "a lot of speeches" bring in enough income to support the Palins? Speaking fees for the would-be VP vary by location, according to her profile on the Washington Speakers Bureau website, which has a now-outdated reference to her contributor role at Fox News. Still, a years-old rumor has Palin's fee pegged to about $100,000. We're guessing the governor doesn't mind an outdated speaker profile in the meantime.