Fox News Ends Gingrich, Santorum Contracts After Missing Deadline

Former Speaker of the House and Senator get the ax after they fail to disclose their intentions for the 2012 presidential race

Fox News has ended former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Senator Rick Santorum's contracts, the network has confirmed to TheWrap.

Gingrich and Santorum had been serving as contributors to the news outlet; however, in March, Fox suspended their contracts until they confirmed that they would not be be throwing their hats into ring for the 2012 presidential race. The pair had been given until May 1 to offer Fox a decision, and after missing their deadline Fox terminated their contracts altogether.

News of the contract terminations was first reported by Politico.

Another Fox News on-air personality with presidential aspirations, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, was reportedly given an ultimatum to decide about his run. However, an aide for Huckabee has denied that report, saying that his deadline is still months off. According to HuckPAC executive director Hogan Gidley, “The governor has been clear — his timeline for a decision is this summer and that has not changed. Fox is aware of the governor’s timetable and he is aware of his limitations in considering another run."