03/14/2014 02:28 pm ET Updated Mar 14, 2014

Fox News Cuts Ties With Scott Brown


Fox News said that it has ended its contract with Scott Brown now that he has officially taken steps towards a Senate run.

There has been much speculation about whether Brown, a former senator for Massachusetts, will run again in New Hampshire. On Friday, Fox News confirmed that Brown is forming an exploratory committee for a potential run.

"He had worked as a paid contributor for Fox News, but that contract has since been ended," Fox News said. The network ends deals with contributors once they announce formal plans to seek political office.

It also had a statement from Bill Shine, executive vice president for programming, who said, "Scott Brown's contributor agreement was officially terminated today once he notified FOX News of his intention to form an exploratory committee to run for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire."

Brown joined Fox News in 2013, and just renewed his contract last month. The media has kept a close eye on his relationship with Fox News, as well as any other indicators of his intentions to run for Senate. The speculation had the New Hampshire Union Leader blasting Brown for "[monopolizing] media attention on what is, so far, a non-candidacy."

In February, for example, the Boston Globe reported that Brown was no longer under contract at the network, which could mean that he was getting ready to run. He re-upped with the network shortly after the report.