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Eliot Spitzer Out: CNN Revamps Primetime

It’s not as bad as having to resign in disgrace as New York’s governor after a sex scandal. But Eliot Spitzer still has to look for a new gig now that CNN says his low-rated weeknight talk show In The Arena didn’t make the network’s new line-up that will debut Aug. 8. He’ll be replaced at 8:00 PM ET by Anderson Cooper’s AC360, which will re-air at 10:00. That show will be preceded at 7:00 by an unnamed general news show hosted by former CNBC anchor Erin Burnett. And Piers Morgan Tonight will remain at 9:00.

Ken Jautz, EVP of CNN/U.S. says that the network is “in discussions with Eliot Spitzer about an alternative role. We thank him and the entire In the Arena team for creating a program that moved many political and economic issues into the national spotlight.” Spitzer adds in a statement that his show “engaged serious people in conversations about national and global issues in a way that was informative and challenging. I believe that we provided diverse and valuable perspectives during the show’s tenure. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at CNN.”

Spitzer’s run at CNN, where he was initially paired with conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, seemed ill-fated from the start last fall. The executive who brought him aboard, Jonathan Klein, was ousted just weeks before the debut of Parker Spitzer. Parker left in February.

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CNN’s ‘Parker Spitzer’ To Become ‘In The Arena’ Sans Kathleen Parker

Nellie Andreeva

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Kathleen Parker is leaving CNN’s embattled primetime program Parker Spitzer, which she had been co-hosting with former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. Starting on Monday, the program will be renamed In The Arena, and will feature Spitzer, as well as several others within and outside CNN, according to a memo by  CNN U.S. chief Ken Jautz. Parker is expected to continue to make occasional appearances on the cable news network. Ratings for Parker Spitzer have been minuscule since its October launch but went up while Parker was on a sick leave recently and Spitzer was the sole anchor. The show was also plagued by constant rumors about friction between the two hosts. “It has been a joy working with (Parker) as a teammate, and I continue to be a huge fan of the wisdom that jumps from her written work and the wit, charm and insight she brings to all that she does,” Spitzer said in a statement.

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