June 23rd, 2010
10:17 AM ET
13 years ago

Spitzer, Parker to host primetime CNN show

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/23/art.spitzerparker2shot.cnn.jpg caption ="CNN announced Wednesday that Kathleen Parker and Eliot Spitzer will host its new 8 p.m. program."]Washington (CNN) - Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Kathleen Parker will co-host a new hour long CNN primetime news program starting in the fall as the nation prepares for the 2010 midterm election, the network announced Wednesday morning.

The yet-to-be-named “roundtable discussion” program will air at 8 p.m. ET replacing Campbell Brown.

“Other cable news channels force-feed viewers one narrow, predictable point of view; in contrast, CNN will be offering a lively roundup of all the best ideas – presented by two of the most intelligent and outspoken figures in the country,” Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S., said in a statement released by the network. “Eliot and Kathleen are beholden to no vested interest – in fact, quite the opposite: they are renowned for taking on the most powerful targets and most important causes.”

Klein made the announcement in Wednesday’s network wide editorial conference call with CNN staff.

Parker, whose columns appear in over 400 newspapers twice a week, in April received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. She describes herself as a “rational” conservative.

“As a veteran print journalist, I am appropriately respectful of the challenges posed by the medium,” said Parker. “But I'm thrilled by the opportunity to discuss the issues that matter to me —and that aren't heard often enough on television—in a conversation with one of the nation's most brilliant, fearless and original thinkers. With Eliot Spitzer as my co-host, Wall Street and Main Street will finally meet. It can't possibly be boring.”

Spitzer, a Democrat who resigned as governor in March 2008 after acknowledging visiting a prostitute, is a well respected political mind and a take-no-prisoners prosecutor who has been often referred to as the “Sheriff of Wall Street.”

“Kathleen is an extraordinary intellect whose sharp observations and wit are certain to resonate with viewers,” said Spitzer. “I look forward to working alongside her in a discussion that will inform, challenge, and entertain. I am grateful to CNN for the opportunity to co-host a show that will advance the discussion of the defining issues of our time.”

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    More than likely it will be a show focused on the economy. Spitzer needs to get back in the game someway, somehow. I would've preferred that he got a program on MSNBC though.

    June 23, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. bing

    can't wait for the program, I love Spitzer and am glad he got himself together.

    June 23, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Spitzer, really?

    June 23, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. TFParker

    Can't wait for the pearls of wisdom from a serial adulterer! No wonder viewers are fleeing CNN.

    June 23, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. MNResident

    "Rational" conservative? Is this anything like "compassionate" conservative? At any time that you see a person placing an adjective like that in front of the word "conservative", you can safely bet that, more times than not, that the person is, in reality, NOT a true conservative. Just remember, you NEVER see a liberal place any similar adjective in front of their description.

    As for former Governor Spitzer, maybe he can have an honest discussion with viewers about using taxpayer dollars to fund his call girl exploits and about his level of honesty and credibility he brings to the table after deceiving not only his significant other, but the public he swore to serve.

    June 23, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. rukidding

    Wow, crime does pay after all.

    June 23, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. coddy

    is there no afican-american qualified to get a job to host a major programme at cnn?

    June 23, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Gillian Wood

    Disgusting. I have lost respect for CNN.

    June 23, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Sean

    CNN, come on what are you doing? Did someone actually think this through? I'm a big CNN supporter but great day, this will be just another reason for me to turn to that other channel that rhymes with BOX. At least they are fair and balanced, and the host aren't corrupt! Well, while your at it I heard Rod Blagojevich is looking for a job. What a Joke!

    June 23, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. JohnRJ08

    I like both of these people, but I think this new format is nothing more than a glorified version of Crossfire. It sounds like CNN just wants to capitalize on the divisive political atmosphere in the country in the name of ratings.

    June 23, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. Jim

    Spitzer? Seriously? CNN, you must have lost all respect for yourselves.

    News companies should be reporting objectively about politics, not providing a retirement home for the failed and the corrupt.

    June 23, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Carole

    I cannot believe CNN would hire Elliot Spitzer, a man of no morals who is also a hypocrite. It is disgusting.

    June 23, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. inofritzn

    lol cnn. Spitzer? Really?

    June 23, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Dahlia Moxam

    I cannot believe CNN couldnot find a better choice – Poor judgement on the network choice. I am so not watching CNN anymore. You have the choice to put whomever you want, and I have the chioce to tune this network off. You guys from gone from bad to worse.

    June 23, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. MikeG

    CNN is giving that scumbag Spitzer a job?

    Boy, that says a lot about CNN.

    June 23, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. regor60

    Yet another reason not to watch CNN

    June 23, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. Joy

    Will this show be hosted from NY?

    June 23, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. jaylee

    there is no way im going to sit and watch Spitzer. just looking at him makes me sick.

    June 23, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. chris

    wow. a new low. i can't see wanting to hear anything from womanizing spitzer. i actually used to respect cnn. they're getting closer and closer to being the new fox news

    June 23, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  20. Liz

    disgusting for you guys to reward that dirtbag Spitzer...

    June 23, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. Saddened

    I have been losing respect for CNN in recent years and especially since the 2008 elections. After following the compelling election coverage, the dialogue has degenerated to little more than opinionated banter for the sake of entertainment. With the hiring of the former of Gov of NY, Mr. Spitzer, it again appears that CNN is opting for sensationalism rather than intelligent comment. I cannot respect this choice and definitely will not be a viewer. Sad, because I once enjoyed CNN coverage.

    June 23, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. Linda Cole

    Disappointed with your choice of Eliot Spitzer.

    June 23, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Bertina

    I look forward to this. Probably will be the only program on CNN that isn't slanted toward Fox news viewers.

    June 23, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. Jessica

    ...You're kidding.

    June 23, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  25. David Wood

    Eliot Spitzer! You're kidding, right? What could motivate CNN to hire this whore-hound? Why should anyone believe anything he could say?
    Not to sound older than my 55 years, but whatever happened to the days when public figures shamed into resignation spent the rest of their days in low profile?

    June 23, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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