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Roger Ailes almost 'benched' Palin

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Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

When Sarah Palin made the announcement she wouldn't be running for president back in October, she should have thought twice about where she was making the announcement. She did it on Mark Levin's radio show for free, rather than on Fox News, the company that pays her to talk.

After she made the announcement, Fox executive vice-president Bill Shine spoke with Palin's people to let them know that Fox News CEO Roger Ailes wasn't happy, according to "New York" magazine:

Shine was deputized to handle the matter. He spoke with Palin's agent, Bob Barnett, and told him that Ailes was furious with Palin's move and that she was at risk of being "benched." Fox still had to pay her, but they didn't have to give her airtime. Barnett spoke with Palin and told her about the problem. After she apologized, he called Shine back and told him that Palin recognized the misstep.
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