Executives at Fox News Channel want to meet with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to discuss his flirtation with the 2012 presidential race, according to The Daily Beast.

Huckabee, who hosts a weekly show on the network, is reportedly under pressure from Fox to declare his 2012 intentions one way or the other.

Earlier this year, the network suspended two of its contributors — former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) — until they officially decided whether to enter the 2012 race.

From the Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz:

Bill Shine, the network's executive vice president for programming, told The Daily Beast that "like we did with Gingrich and Santorum, we are continuing to monitor the situation and will take action if and when we think it is necessary." Fox has planned a meeting with Huckabee in the near future to discuss the matter, said Shine.

Huckabee said the notion that Fox is pressuring him over the situation is "total nonsense. Your source is full of it," he told me by email. "No pressure at all. Fox has been very understanding and they know and I know that if I take steps to be a candidate (ask for money, support, or set up a committee), then I will step aside. That's been understood from the beginning."

True, but some executives are concerned about Huckabee continuing to host a weekend show while stoking interest in a possible second presidential campaign. "It's getting uncomfortable," said a Fox insider.

One event that has raised the discomfort level at Fox is Huckabee's decision to accept a prime speaking slot at a National Rifle Association convention in Pittsburgh this weekend. The NRA is a major force in Republican politics.

Huckabee has many observers doubting he'll launch another bid for the White House, but the former Arkansas governor insists he still hasn't ruled out a 2012 run and will make his intentions known in early summer. Last week, Huckabee's '08 campaign manager said he expects Huckabee will opt for another run next year.

Huckabee continues to hover at or near the top of Republican field in polling, both nationally and in the early states of Iowa and South Carolina. The latest Iowa numbers from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling had Huckabee up 11 points in the state he won in 2008.