Eliot Spitzer’s Show is Cancelled By CNN
CNN dropped Eliot Spitzer from its prime time lineup. He spent more time as Governor of New York than he did hosting his own show. Spitzer said good-bye Wednesday night revealing that it would be his last. He ended with a Theodore Roosevelt quote by praising people who try to improve society and get “In the Arena”.
Spitzer said he tried to engage guests in serious conversations about national and world wide issues that were very informative and challenging. He believed they were providing a valuable perspective that was diverse in the show.
Spitzer, who resigned his Governorship in March 2008, only fourteen months after being elected because of a prostitution scandal, began a nightly show that aired on CNN for the first time in October. The show was originally a duet with Spitzer and conservative Kathleen Parker, who parted back in February. Spitzer then had the show to himself and it was renamed “In the Arena”.
The time slot was very tough when you go up against Fox’s Bill O’Reilly and MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell who took over for Keith Olbermann. He never had a chance to get going and make up ground.
Spitzer’s average was 8% higher than the networks time slot for 2010, but the writing was on the wall.
Spitzer is pondering his future and has not ruled anything out, even a return to politics. He has maintained a lot of visibility from his T.V. show. Americans love a comeback and will usually give someone a second chance.
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