LOS ANGELES – Sarah Palin and Roger Ailes have evidently made up.
The former Alaska governor will return as an on-air commentator on Ailes’ Fox News Channel next week, the network announced Thursday. She’ll also nab a role on its sister network, Fox Business Network.
The move comes as a surprise after Palin’s abrupt exit from Fox News early this year. The onetime GOP vice presidential pick disappeared from Fox after reports of tension between her and network boss Ailes, who according to a magazine article had privately dismissed her to associates as “stupid.”
Palin, for her part, bristled when Fox News yanked her on-camera interviews during last summer’s Republican National Convention, complaining to fans on Facebook. She also suggested later that she wanted to do more than just “preach to the choir” of like-minded conservatives on Fox News.
Since resigning the Alaska governorship in 2009, Palin has had mixed results as a TV star. Her TLC show “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” logged a record 5 million viewers for its premiere, but its performance fizzled afterward and the network didn’t renew the show for a second season.