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Fox News Suspends Agreement With Newt Gingrich, Further Stoking VP Buzz

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"We felt it best to halt his contributor role on the network to avoid all conflicts of interest."

Newt Gingrich (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Fox News Channel has suspended Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as a contributor, CNN's Brian Stelter reported Tuesday afternoon.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19:  Republican presidential candidate, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich speaks at the 2012 New York Republican State Dinner on April 19, 2012 in New York City. The Taxpayers Protection Alliance has urged Gingrich to give up his Secret Service protection, which he has had for about a month, in order to save taxpayer dollars. Gingrich has vowed to stay in the race until Mitt Romney, the presumptive nominee, reaches the 1,144 delegates needed to secure the nomination.Credit: Getty Images Image source: Getty Images

"Fox News Channel has mutually agreed to suspend its contributor agreement with Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich effective immediately," executive vice president for news Jay Wallace said in a statement to CNN. "Due to the intense media speculation about Gingrich's potential selection as Donald Trump's vice presidential candidate, we felt it best to halt his contributor role on the network to avoid all conflicts of interest that may arise."

Gingrich is, however, expected to appear on Fox News host Sean Hannity's program later this evening.

The former speaker said on Fox News Tuesday afternoon that Trump will likely announce his choice for vice president either Wednesday or Thursday.

Stelter added on Twitter he "had been planning to write about the Newt-working-for-Fox conflict for days" and asked the news network for comment this afternoon.

Gingrich was also suspended from Fox News in 2011, as he was vying for the GOP presidential nomination.

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