Kathleen Parker Leaving Her CNN Show

Eliot Spitzer Will Remain as Show Gets New Format

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 25, 2011 2:00 PM CST

(Newser) Parker Spitzer is no more. After weeks of rumors, CNN announced today that Kathleen Parker is leaving the 8pm show she co-hosted with Eliot Spitzer, reports the Wrap. The former governor will remain, and show will be renamed The Arena starting Monday. Joining Spitzer will be E.D. Hill and Will Cain, notes the New York Times' Media Decoder blog. The show had been plagued by lackluster ratings and reports of friction between the hosts since its inception last fall.

The CNN statement from Parker, a Pulitzer-winning columnist with the Washington Post: "I have decided to return to a schedule that will allow me to focus more on my syndicated newspaper column and other writings."

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker in a publicity photo.   (PRNewsFoto/CNN, Lorenzo Bevilaqua/CNN)
Kathleen Parker and Eliot Spitzer in a publicity photo.   (AP Photo/CNN, Art Streiber)
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