Eliot Spitzer canceled
After just nine months on air, CNN is ousting primetime pundit (and disgraced former New York governor) Eliot Spitzer and his show In the Arena. The struggling show was previously revamped with the exit of co-host Kathleen Parker this past February.
As of Aug. 8, the network is going to move up several shows, including Anderson Cooper 360, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, and John King, USA. In September, former CNBC reporter Erin Burnett will fill the 7 p.m. slot that King formerly filled.
Cooper, whose show will rebroadcast in his usual 10 p.m., is not alone in receiving good news. Across-the-pond transplant and America’s Got Talent judge Piers Morgan’s highly touted show — a replacement for Larry King Live — has held strong in its 9 p.m. time slot and isn’t going anywhere.
According to an internal memo from CNN exec Ken Jautz, Spitzer may be down, but he’s not out. There are talks of employing the ex-politico in alternative capacity. As for Spitzer’s take, however, it seems he’s washing his hands of the months of struggle. In a statement the network released, Spitzer said, “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at CNN.”