Fox News has dropped former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a contracted contributor, effective June 1, an action that comes on the heels of a major shake-up in leadership at the top-ranked network.

As WND previously reported, Roger Ailes, the chairman and CEO of Fox News, is due to start reporting to James and Lachlan Murdoch, two individuals with whom he’s had a rocky past. Their leadership posts are due to 21st Century Fox chief Rupert Murdoch’s pending resignation from his CEO role.

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Some media watchers fear the change in command will lead to the demise of Fox News, as conservative viewers know it. As WND’s chief Joseph Farah opined: “Ailes’ contract is running out. It will not likely be renewed. That will leave the fate of Fox News to the Murdoch children who have no use for it. They don’t care how much money it makes. They are embarrassed by it. Raised with silver spoons in their mouths, it’s not about the money. It’s about politics and social acceptance. They care more about being invited to the right cocktail parties in New York than they do about the ratings and financial success of Fox News … So now begins the death march for FNC.”

Palin, 51, has been one of Fox’s most firebrand conservative voices in past years, raising the helm on tea party-type views while publicly condemning much of President Obama’s policies, which she’s termed as socialist.

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Politico reported the ex-governor will still appear as an occasional guest on Fox and Fox Business; her contributor contract, however, will not be renewed.

A spokesperson for the network confirmed Palin was no longer a contributor, the news outlet said. Palin’s contract was dropped in 2013, but was renewed five months later, MSNBC reported.

Palin remains a major player in conservative politics, touting 4.5 million Facebook fans and a super PAC that donates to choice candidates around the nation.

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