Kathleen Parker Out at CNN Primetime, Eliot Spitzer to Star on New Show, In the Arena


Well, that was fast. Just this morning "Page Six" reported that Eliot Spitzer has been telling people that his CNN co-anchor Kathleen Parker would be "gone within a week." Turns out, she was gone within a day. CNN just sent out an announcement that Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist Parker has left the 8 p.m. show Parker/Spitzer to "focus on her writing." The replacement program, In the Arena, will be in "an ensemble format" with several guests joining solo host Spitzer every night. (Some new team members include E.D. Hill, the former Fox News commentator who got canned for wondering whether the Obamas' famous fist bump was a "terrorist fist jab," and Will Cain.) It'll start on Monday. Parker, who will still contribute at CNN occasionally, issued a statement.

Here's what she said:

After bringing viewers a new 8pm show on CNN, I have decided to return to a schedule that will allow me to focus more on my syndicated newspaper column and other writings. While I am extremely proud of the show we created, and the subject matter and level of discourse Parker Spitzer promoted every night, it was a difficult decision to scale back my column a few months ago and, with the show going in a new direction, it is a good time to move on. I want to thank the viewers who have been so kind with their comments and support. I will continue to appear to contribute and analyze occasionally on CNN and look forward to continuing my relationship with CNN and the many talented individuals I have worked with here.

Oh whatever, she hated New York anyway. Here's what Spitzer said:

I wish Kathleen all the best in continuing on with her spectacular career. It has been a joy working with her as a teammate, and I continue to be a huge fan of the wisdom that jumps from her written work and the wit, charm and insight she brings to all that she does.

The MINE! was apparently silent.