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GOP's Sarah Palin to join Fox News Channel

Then-Republican U.S. vice-presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin of

Then-Republican U.S. vice-presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska speaks on November 3, 2008 in Dubuque, Iowa. Palin has joined Fox News as a political commentator. (Jan. 11, 2009) Photo Credit: Getty Images File

Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck and now . . . Sarah Palin.

One of the most famous Republican figures in the United States will join Fox News Channel, the network announced Monday.

"I am thrilled to be joining the great talent and management team at Fox News," Palin said in a statement posted on the network's Web site. "It's wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news."

She is expected to start Tuesday night on "The O'Reilly Factor," according to the Washington Post.

The network said that as part of a "multiyear" agreement, Palin will provide commentary and analysis on the network, as well on radio, the Web, and Fox Business, and host occasional episodes of a new series called "Real American Stories."

No regular solo hosting duties or shows were announced, but those may come in time for the former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate.

Her book, "Going Rogue," was published by HarperCollins, like Fox News a unit of News Corp.

Naturally, the new gig poses questions and perhaps obstacles to the gig many thought she was planning on - a White House run in 2012. In fact, one fan wrote Monday on Palin's Facebook page: "I look forward to seeing you on Fox . . . but I hope it doesn't prevent you from running in '12!," The Associated Press reports.

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