UPDATE, 5:17 PM Thursday: Sarah Palin’s comments on Facebook about her Republican Convention speech being canceled may be part of an elaborate negotiating tactic, according to New York magazine. Palin’s contract is supposedly up in January, and Fox News is considering what kind of new deal they will sign, if they decide to keep Palin at all. At roughly $1 million a year, Palin is Fox’s highest-paid contributor, the magazine said. Additionally Fox execs have been underwhelmed by Palin’s ratings. And Palin hasn’t been happy when Fox hasn’t given her top billing. Sources cited by New York say things have been so touchy that all communications have been through her husband Todd Palin, currently one of the contestants on NBC’s reality series Stars Earn Stripes. Additionally, Palin’s Facebook commentary likely did not endear her to Fox News chief Roger Ailes, who values discipline and loyalty. For now though they appear to have made peace. Despite being suddenly removed from FNC’s rundown on Wednesday, Palin is now scheduled to be on with Sean Hannity tonight.
PREVIOUSLY, 4:44PM Wednesday: Sarah Palin took to Facebook today to complain about Fox News removing her as a talking head for the network’s GOP convention coverage. Fox News tells Deadline there’s no conspiracy theory. ”Our plans changed based on the fact that the RNC condensed the schedule of speeches from four nights to three. We look forward to having Governor Palin back as soon as we can,” FNC EVP for Programming Bill Shine said today. The Republicans trimmed their Tampa, Florida gathering by a day this past weekend after it looked like Hurricane Isaac might hit the city. Palin, a Fox News contributor since 2010, might be super sensitive right now because the former 2008 Vice-Presidential candidate wasn’t asked to speak at the convention. The former Alaska Governor gave no reason as to why she had be removed from FNC coverage. “I’m sorry Fox cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight because I sure wanted to take the opportunity on the air to highlight Senator John McCain’s positive contributions to America, to honor him, and to reflect on what a biased media unfairly put him through four years ago tonight,” wrote Palin today. McCain, the 2008 Presidential nominee, is scheduled to speak to the convention tonight. Though Palin has no political role at the convention, her name was mentioned as possibly being the mystery speaker set to take the stage before Mitt Romney on Thursday night. Clint Eastwood and a hologram of Ronald Reagan are also rumored to be that mystery speaker.
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