According to a new Entertainment Weekly report, the former Governor of Alaska has no plans to return for a second season of the hit TLC reality show, which averaged over 3.2 million viewers per episode.
EW adds that Sunday night’s two-hour finale will conclude the show. So for what reason is Sarah, who reportedly stood to earn millions from a second season, choosing to walk away from the show?
Well according to TMZ, it all comes down to politics. Doing a second season would pretty much indicate a clear sign that she’s not running for President in 2012. While not doing the show leaves the door wide open for a presidential run.
In fact, sources tell TMZ that TLC “would green light another season of Palin’s show in a second.” Though unlike the EW report, TMZ states Sarah has yet to make a final decision.
Plus Sarah not returning to TLC would likely mean more air time for her fellow network star Kate Gosselin. So the question of the day is…
TELL US: WHO WOULD YOU RATHER WATCH – KATE OR SARAH? DO YOU WANT SARAH’S SHOW TO RETURN FOR ANOTHER SEASON?
A year and a half after quitting her job as the Governor of Alaska for reasons we’re still uncertain of (her rambling speech didn’t quite make it clear), Sarah Palincontinues to ride high.
An ABC news report estimates Sarah has earned over $12 million dollar since quitting her gubernatorial position last year. $7 million of that amount came from her book deal with $2 million coming from TLC. Sarah reportedly received $250,000 per episode for each of the eight episodes of her TLC reality show – Sarah Palin’s Alaska. No wonder she agreed to go on the camping trip from hell with Kate Gosselin. Sarah also earns $100,000 per speaking engagement.
According to a new Popeater report, Sarah’s show was a major success for TLC and the network is now trying to sign her for a second season. Her show debuted to over 4.96 million viewers and the episode with Kate Gosselin brought in over 3 million viewers. Kate Plus 8 on the other hand is only bringing in 1.3 million viewers per episode this season.
“For sure the network is doing everything it possibly can to convince Sarah to do another season, but at the end of the day it looks like it will all come down to money,” a TLC insider tells Rob Shuter of Popeater.
“Sarah knows to strike when the iron is hot and started talking about season two right after the show debuted to huge numbers,” a friend of Sarah reveals. “She knows that celebrities get millions of dollar for each episode of their shows and thinks she’s worth it too. Jennifer Aniston took home millions from ‘Friends’ and in Sarah’s eyes, she’s no different.”
A TV expert adds that if Sarah plays her cards right, it would not be impossible for her to get $1 million an episode for a second season, though we at Reality Tea highly doubt that.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON SARAH POSSIBLY GETTING $1 MIL PER EPISODE? DO YOU WATCH SARAH PALIN’S ALASKA?