CNN gives up on Spitzer's show

By John O'Brien | Jul 6, 2011


ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - CNN is dropping a show hosted by former New York attorney general and governor Eliot Spitzer.

Reports say CNN's fall TV schedule will be without Spitzer's "In the Arena," ending the show's brief 10-month run. Spitzer, who resigned as governor in 2008 during a prostitution scandal, was originally paired with columnist Kathleen Parker on the roundtable-style show.

Parker left the show in February. A Reuters report quotes CNN executive vice president Ken Jautz as saying the company is "in discussions with Eliot Spitzer about an alternative role."

Reuters also quoted Spitzer as saying: "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. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at CNN."

After 15 months as governor, Spitzer retired after it was revealed that he had been a customer of Emperors Club VIP, a prostitution service. Spitzer was believed to be a man referred to as "Client 9" by the service.

Spitzer served as attorney general from 1999-2006 and resigned as governor in 2008. After that, he began writing columns for Slate magazine.

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