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Friday, February 25, 2011

Is the Gossip True for Parker/Spitzer?

photo courtesy of The Wrap

Brian Stelter of the New York Times tweeted today that Parker/Spitzer could soon be in for a change. He sites two sources that say Kathleen Parker is out and also added "CNN's silence on this matter has been deafening for several hours. We are trying hard to gain comment from CNN, Spitzer, and Parker." To follow Brian on Twitter just click on this link.

The New York Post writes (edited, please follow the link for the entire article):

Eliot Spitzer is telling friends his CNN co-host Kathleen Parker "will be gone within a week." Relations between the ex-gov, who once called himself a "[bleep]ing steamroller," and his conservative co-host are at an all-time low. A source said, "Spitzer thinks she's holding him back. The ratings surged when she was out sick, and he anchored alone during the turmoil in Egypt. Only very few anchors have the power to wipe out a co-host, and Spitzer thinks he has it. CNN bosses are high on Spitzer, and he might get his own show. Kathleen has been weighing her options. There's this sense of dread among middle management." We've reported that Parker, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, could be dumped due to lack of chemistry with Spitzer. But our source said, "She's putting up a fight." CNN President Ken Jautz recently said, "There have been lots of press reports that I am contemplating changes, but I'm not going to engage in any speculation." A CNN rep declined to comment.

The Wrap reports:

Kathleen Parker, the co-host of "Parker Spitzer," CNN's four-month-old, ratings-challenged primetime show, is being dropped from the program, according to sources inside the CNN newsroom. Eliot Spitzer, her co-host, will remain.

A representative at CNN did not return an email and phone call requesting comment.

The move has been rumored for some time now. Spitzer hosted the show earlier this month while Parker was reportedly sick, and the show saw a 68 percent jump in 25-54-year-old viewer

The 8 p.m. show was announced last fall, as a replacement for Campbell Brown, with former CNN president Jon Klein's seal of approval. The roundtable format -- with Spitzer, the former New York State governor and Parker, the conservative columnist -- marked a shift to opinion-based programming for CNN, which had shunned the ideological fare favored by Fox News and MSNBC.

And the ratings for "Parker Spitzer" simply never materialized. In its first week on the air, "Parker Spitzer," had an average audience of just 465,500 viewers for its debut week; disgraced former CNN host Rick Sanchez's "Rick's List" averaged 468,000 total viewers during its brief run in the same time slot. (It even lagged behind HLN's Nancy Grace, who averaged 550,000 total viewers during the "Parker Spitzer's" first week.)

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Anonymous said...

Yes, the NYPost has reported in todays print edition, that the two have indeed split and that they never had chemistry.
It is reported that Eliot, at the on set, said he would "steamroll right over his opponent," and so he did.
Eliot, true or not, it is no great loss. You will do better without her.

Anonymous said...

According to the New York Times, Parker is out and they're bringing in E.D. Hill from Fox and Will Cain. CNN seems to be running out of liberal voices. In spite of their claim of wanting many points of view represented on the network, they seem to be hiring a lot of conservatives lately. I find this worrying.

Anonymous said...

Keep in mind that Ken Jautz is the man who gave
Glenn Beck his 1st tv gig. ED Hill made the terrorist
fist bump comment. Do you see a pattern here. If
you are about hate and bigotry,Ken Jautz has a
job for you at CNN. CNN's recent hires are very
troubling and downright disturbing.

Anonymous said...

Well Ms Parker resigned tonite, and unfortunately, no one will miss her.
I find it odd, that Klein even hired her. What was it that he saw in her?
Her debating skills were weak and she didn't seem to have a firm grib of events around her. Her knowledge of fiscal or foreign events were as limited as Sarah Palins and that IS scary.
Maybe Parker should run for President?

Anonymous said...

anon 12:34, you are right. The writing seems to be on the wall as far as the direction CNN looks to be heading in and it doesn't bode well for some of us long time viewers.

Anonymous said...

Nobody likes Eliot Spitzer, Kathleen
Parker or the pundits who get way
too much air time on CNN, Ken Jautz
seems to think a circus will bring in
ratings. Not going to happen. Come
Monday ,watch how low the ratings
will be for CNN. The shows on CNN
are crappy and not worth watching.

Anonymous said...

I am beginning to believe that CNN is injecting conservatism into its programming.
Even on 360, we saw little of the labor issues that are plaguing our country. It was mentioned in the bulletin.
Fox did a better job reporting on it than CNN. What does that tell you?
If Chris Christie wanted to be a contributor on CNN, he'd be hired tomorrow, no questions asked.