by Tony Lee 30 Dec 2013, 1:45 PM PDT
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and some members of the Duck Dynasty family will be on Fox News for its New Year's Eve programming Tuesday night.
After A&E suspended patriarch Phil Robertson for comments to GQ magazine that were deemed to be "anti-gay," the network, which is owned by Disney, reinstated Robertson last Friday. Palin is the politician that many, including a prominent columnist for The Hill, said most resonates with Duck Dynasty nation.
Palin was the first politician of note to vigorously defend Robertson immediately after he got suspended, saying that "free speech is an endangered species" and "those 'intolerants' hatin’ and taking on the 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us."
Her comments paved the way for some other politicians on the right--like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R)--that came to Robertson's defense while the Republican establishment was silent.
Palin wrote on her Facebook page on Monday that she would be talking about some of her resolutions for 2014 on Fox News:
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! Gear up for a great new year, and I'll see you on Fox's New Years Eve Special to talk about joyous resolutions for 2014!
Over the weekend, Fox News's Twitter account teased an appearance by some members of the Robertson family:
What will happen when @DuckDynastyAE joins Fox News on New Year’s Eve? Find out - Dec. 31 at 9p ET! #FoxNews2014 pic.twitter.com/aLFmKDiMLh
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 28, 2013