Spitzer’s flying solo.
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Kathleen Parker has been dropped from CNN’s Parker Spitzer, the primetime political show she co-hosted with former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, the network confirmed on Friday.
Though the official word has Parker leaving the show to return to the world of political writing, Parker Spitzer, which competed in its 8 pm timeslot against Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor and MSNBC’s now-defunct Countdown with Keith Olbermann, has struggled find ratings throughout its five-months on the air.
“I have decided to return to a schedule that will allow me to focus more on my syndicated newspaper column and other writings. 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.”
The new series will be renamed In The Arena and will see Spitzer continue in his role as commentator. He’ll be joined nightly by several guest “within and outside the CNN family,” including former Fox News host E.D. Hill and conservative columnist Will Cain, according to the network.
Spitzer, New York’s former Attorney General, served as the state’s governor from 2007-2008 before resigning in the midst of a prostitution scandal that linked him to twentysomething New Jersey native Ashley Dupre, now a New York Post advice columnist.
“I wish Kathleen all the best in continuing on with her spectacular career,” Spitzer said in a statement. “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.”