Spitzer reflected on his brief run at CNN in a statement: "We 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."
The accompanying moves will shift 'Anderson Cooper 360' into Spitzer's 8PM slot. 'AC360' will also replay again at 10PM, its current time. 'The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer,' which had previously aired from 5-7PM, will move to 4-6, with 'John King USA' moving to 6, followed by Erin Burnett's as-yet-unnamed new show at 7PM. 'Piers Morgan Tonight' will remain in the 9PM slot.
Confirming weeks of speculation (beginning with a Jan. 10 Wall Street Journal report), CNN vice president Ken Jautz announced today that journalist Kathleen Parker would leave the show, which has been renamed 'In the Arena.'
Jautz wrote in a memo to his staff, according to The Hollywood Reporter, that "Kathleen Parker has decided to leave the program to focus on her writing, and we have decided to take the show in a new direction."
Early in the interview, King addressed what many people are probably wondering about the show: will Spitzer, who resigned as Governor of New York after being caught using the service of prostitutes, be comfortable talking about political sex scandals?
"Sure," was Spitzer's blunt answer to this inquiry.
Then he elaborated:
"I have been forthright with the public. I have been very open about how I erred, how I failed, and I acted properly I think in response to it by resigning. So if it is a context where I have to pass judgment, I'll be able to say here's what I did and why."
Sounds like somebody is about to become CNN's new sex scandal expert.
The still-untitled program will premiere this fall and air weeknights at 8PM ET, according to a CNN press release. The show, described as a "spirited, nightly roundtable discussion program" by CNN, will feature a panel of opinionated guests discussing the biggest news stories of the day.
"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," CNN president Jon Klein said in a statement.
Spitzer says the show, which seems to feature a similar format to CNN's previous events debate show 'Crossfire,' looks to "advance the discussion of the defining issues of our time."
Now she's written lyrics about his dalliances, to the tune of 'Gilligan's Island.' "You can't hear the whole song -- it's way too blue," said Behar on 'Late Night' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC). But she and host Jimmy Fallon sang a snippet:
"Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a man named Spitz. By day he was working hard for us, at night he was renting tits, at night he was renting tits..." Check out the video for the next lines.
Or, as one media expert suggests, is he about to become a TV "car wreck" you just can't not watch?
Bertinelli used a bit of colorful language while giving her opinion on Spitzer's infidelity, shocking Sherri Shepherd and earning a stunned look from Joy Behar.
Watch the video after the jump.
For months and months of the primaries, Joe and the Morning Joe team were in the thick of it every morning ... and then Joe was gone.
Well, the reason for Scarborough's absence is due to a family illness. In May, Joe's wife Susan gave birth to their son Jack. Unfortunately, Jack wasn't due to arrive until August. He was severely premature, weighing just 2 lbs., 3 oz. He had to be kept at the hospital in an incubator and fattened up. As of this Monday, his weight was up to 4 lbs., 10 oz. and the doctors declared he was ready to go home.
Morning Joe regulars Willie Geist and Mika Brzezinski went on the air Tuesday with the story and assured viewers that Joe will be back on camera soon. I wish the Scarboroughs well and hope baby Jack continues to thrive.
In true Law and Order fashion, the part about the hookers and the Governor was ripped right from the headlines. Unlike reality, though, the fictional governor was even more slimey and reprehensible than Spitzer seemingly. I'll explain it all, and go into more details about how it comes to bear on the characters on L&O after the jump.
Unless you've been in a coma over the last week (and if you have, I'm glad you're back) you probably know a little something about the troubles former New York governor Eliot Spitzer has been having. Not to go into to much detail, but it has something to do with an illegal prostitution ring, taking said prostitutes across state lines, and a little bit of money laundering. Hence, the reason he isn't "current" New York governor Eliot Spitzer anymore (at least as of noon on Monday).
To defend himself against these charges, Spitzer has hired a set of pretty powerful lawyers to help him put together a strong defense. But, will these purveyors of truth and justice be the ones who keep Governor Spitzer out of the pokey? I'm thinking not. In fact, I think Spitzer is barking up the wrong tree when it comes to the people who will defend him in court. What he should really be doing is visiting some of the high-profile television law firms that have been able to make a jury bawl in their seats over a serial killer's second amendment rights.
Here are but a few of the TV law firms the former governor should consider.
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