Bad news: Kathleen Parker allegedly walks off set of “Parker/Spitzer”

posted at 7:16 pm on December 1, 2010 by Allahpundit

Three possibilities. One: It’s all true. Two: It’s a lie planted by CNN brass who are upset about the show’s horrific ratings and looking for a pretext to dump her. Three: It’s a lie fed to the Post by righty bloggers who are desperate for content and who know only too well that their readers will revel in the thought of KP throwing an ego-driven fit.

Which one is it? I’ll never tell.

Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker actually stormed off the set of the “Parker Spitzer” show during a pre-taping a few weeks ago — furious that her co-host is continually allowed to take charge of their nightly CNN chat-fest, the insiders said.

Although still fuming, Parker did return to wrap up the segment, they said.

But she’s angry that the show’s producers are allegedly doing nothing to play up her strengths on the ailing show, the sources said…

While Parker — a conservative, nationally syndicated newspaper journalist — is widely respected, she’s no TV personality, critics said.

“Her weaknesses are felt internally,” a source said.

What exactly are “her strengths” as a television host? She’s a columnist who specializes in squishy can’t-we-all-just-get-along centrism. On what planet is that a recipe for good TV? As S.E. Cupp said when the show debuted, “If there was a point to her presence, I missed it entirely. While Spitzer was stealing the show, she was offering mealy-mouthed opinions and lazy talking points that you’d more expect to see on the E! network than CNN.” The point of her presence, I take it, is that CNN (a) wanted a contrast with the “angry alpha male” template that O’Reilly and Olby have set for 8 p.m. on cable and (b) worried about the heat they’d take for employing Client Number Nine and needed a woman on the air with him to blunt the criticism. Rather than walking off the set, she should learn to groove on it. Be the Colmes to his Hannity, the Qui Gon to his Obi Wan. No shame in that game, KP!

Here’s a recent segment from which Parker was conspicuously absent. Hmmmm. I think I’ve said it before, but let me repeat it in case not: There’s only one person who could get me to watch that show by co-hosting with Spitz. Dude, imagine it. Imagine it.

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Based on viewership, how would anyone know…

(If a tree falls in the forest?)

massrighty on December 1, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Heidi Fleiss is available to fill in.

massrighty on December 1, 2010 at 7:20 PM

All lefties shows are horrific.

tarpon on December 1, 2010 at 7:23 PM

There’s only one person who could get me to watch that show by co-hosting with Spitz. Dude, imagine it. Imagine it.

If CNN had any balls, they would try to get Michelle Malkin to co-host this show.

portlandon on December 1, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Allah, if your idea does come true, I hope someone warns CNN NOT TO DO camera shots from behind. (see: Meghan on “This Week”)

Ian on December 1, 2010 at 7:24 PM

There’s only one person who could get me to watch that show by co-hosting with Spitz. Dude, imagine it. Imagine it.

Desperate for traffic?… or just…desperate… ;o(

katy on December 1, 2010 at 7:25 PM

How’s this for a caption?

After whoring for the Washington Post for years as their resident pretend conservative, Kathleen Parker object to working under Democrat consummate whoremaster.

Basilsbest on December 1, 2010 at 7:28 PM

There’s only one person who could get me to watch that show by co-hosting with Spitz. Dude, imagine it. Imagine it.

Pahleeeze AP – I just finished eating dinner & you gotta go make me gag!!! But then again – at least they could remarket the show as comedy watching Eliot trying to figure out how to respond to Meggie’s “logic”

huskerdiva on December 1, 2010 at 7:29 PM

This is a woman who calls Christians “Oogedy boogedies.” What did anyone expect her to add to this broadcast?

Ted Torgerson on December 1, 2010 at 7:29 PM

While Parker — a conservative, nationally syndicated newspaper journalist — is widely respected, she’s no TV personality, critics said.

I’m confused. Are there two Kathleen Parkers?

CurtZHP on December 1, 2010 at 7:29 PM

The oogleboogely girl should stick to oogleboogedly and decide to end her boogle with CNN.

technopeasant on December 1, 2010 at 7:29 PM

First, you call Kathleen Parker KP, then you suggest Olby and O’R are alpha males?

Thanksgiving food hangover?

Aquateen Hungerforce on December 1, 2010 at 7:30 PM

There’s only one person who could get me to watch that show by co-hosting with Spitz. Dude, imagine it. Imagine it.

Oh come on, AP. If Peggy Noonan was co-hosting the show, you’d watch it, too.

jon1979 on December 1, 2010 at 7:30 PM

I bet Spits-Her dropped some cash on da table!(sarc).

canopfor on December 1, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Is there an STD involved?

Kini on December 1, 2010 at 7:33 PM

How could CNN not have known that the ratings for this show would be in the tank almost immediately after it launched? For that matter, for those two hosts to think it was a good idea and they’d be successful at it shows their ignorance and conceit. It was a ridiculous concept from the start.

scalleywag on December 1, 2010 at 7:33 PM

The oogleboogely girl should stick to oogleboogedly and decide to end her boogle with CNN.

technopeasant on December 1, 2010 at 7:29 PM

technopeasant:)
=================================================
Claudia Barry Boogie woogie dancing shoes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkTP6-NFlG0&feature=related

canopfor on December 1, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Is there an STD involved?

Kini on December 1, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Kini: Do they have Studio Kits for that,hehe,ahem!?!?:)

canopfor on December 1, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Elliott Spitzer

Kathleen Parker

Golum/Piggy

portlandon on December 1, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Heidi Fleiss is available to fill in.

massrighty on December 1, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Now THAT I’d watch!

Red State State of Mind on December 1, 2010 at 7:38 PM

There’s only one person who could get me to watch that show by co-hosting with Spitz. Dude, imagine it. Imagine it.

I can imagine using it as an enhanced interrogation technique by forcing Al Qaeda prisoners to watch it until they either kill themselves or talk.

WisCon on December 1, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Parker is a southern lady and something of a snob, but she expects a measure of respect from Spitzer. She got it in the first week, as Spitzer grinned and held his tongue allowing her to speak very well. After that Spitzer went insane at the sound of his own voice as he asked and then answered himself all questions on all suibjects, and repeated his brilliant lines over and over like a filibuster against every guest. He did not allow Parker to say a word to any guest. Apparenty Spitzer believes no one wants to hear any opinions except his, but Parker says that is rude bull shit…not that a southern lady uses such language.

jimw on December 1, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Ooogiedy Boogiedy!!!

SouthernGent on December 1, 2010 at 7:39 PM

As S.E. Cupp said when the show debuted, “If there was a point to her presence, I missed it entirely.

LOL … S.E. said that???

Hehe … I love S.E.

HondaV65 on December 1, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Well, at least Meggie’s middle name is Margarita-sounding, so I’ll drink to that.

John the Libertarian on December 1, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Maiden name Swallows,Married name Spitts!!
==============================================

Co-host spittin’ mad over Spitzer

Eliot Spitzer’s TV sidekick is so fed up with playing second fiddle to the hooker-loving ex-gov that she’s threatening to walk, sources told The Post yesterday.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/park_row_on_cnn_set_gJfdMPIa0UIoFEi51ZYLGN#ixzz16uVZUDkK
=====================================

Well,a Journalist doesn’t want to be near A Pervent!!

canopfor on December 1, 2010 at 7:42 PM

If CNN had any balls, they would try to get Michelle Malkin to co-host this show.

portlandon on December 1, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Why on Earth would MM lower herself?

slickwillie2001 on December 1, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Sir I pity your taste in women, yeah I know you didn’t ask for any but it is hard not to.

fourdeucer on December 1, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Hmmmm. I think I’ve said it before, but let me repeat it in case not: There’s only one person who could get me to watch that show by co-hosting with Spitz. Dude, imagine it. Imagine it.

Allah, the entire show would be a variation of:

“Uhmmm….like, Reublicans should (X) and listen to the, like, younger voices in the party.”

I imagined it and shall imagine it no more, my friend. She probably isn’t a bad person, but annoys the beejesus out of me.

Rightwingguy on December 1, 2010 at 7:45 PM

LOL … S.E. said that???

Hehe … I love S.E.

HondaV65 on December 1, 2010 at 7:40 PM

She did. And she was right. If there is any hope of salvaging this show, they should probably dump Parker and keep Spitzy. What happened to Campbell Brown?

MeatHeadinCA on December 1, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Tried watching it once or twice. Horribly boring. Nobody wants to hear those two elitist lightweights ramble on and on with their boring guests.

therightwinger on December 1, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Dude, imagine it. Imagine it.

dude. you are seriously, no seriously warped..!

ted c on December 1, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Imagine it.

Spitzer gropes Meggy Mac like a TSA attendee looking for a bomb?

upinak on December 1, 2010 at 7:47 PM

LOL … S.E. said that???

Hehe … I love S.E.

HondaV65 on December 1, 2010 at 7:40 PM

HondaV65:Here ya go,btw,she was on Red eye last night,
this ain’t da clip tho:)
=====================================================

S.E. Cupp On Red Eye – WOW – amazing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wUin6Ul6Cw&feature=related

canopfor on December 1, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Replace her with Ann Coulter if you want the ratings.

Asher on December 1, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Be the Colmes to his Hannity, the Qui Gon to his Obi Wan.

Be the wind to his plastic blow-up doll.

fogw on December 1, 2010 at 7:50 PM

This was posted in the comments when this was in the headline section. Felt it needed to be reposted.

“Her weaknesses are felt internally,” a source said.
Funny. That’s what Spitzer’s hooker said about him.

smellthecoffee on December 1, 2010 at 12:50 PM

LOL!

milwife88 on December 1, 2010 at 7:51 PM

When did Parker become a conservative??

GT on December 1, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Imagine it.
Spitzer gropes Meggy Mac like a TSA attendee looking for a bomb?

upinak on December 1, 2010 at 7:47 PM

upinak: What Airport?!:)

canopfor on December 1, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Allah, the entire show would be a variation of:

“Uhmmm….like, Reublicans should (X) and listen to the, like, younger voices in the party.”

I imagined it and shall imagine it no more, my friend. She probably isn’t a bad person, but annoys the beejesus out of me.

Rightwingguy on December 1, 2010 at 7:45 PM

I agree with you except about her probably not being a bad person.

B*tchy, ignorant, and dishonest aren’t exactly great characteristics.

MeatHeadinCA on December 1, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Replace her with Ann Coulter if you want the ratings.

Asher on December 1, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Hmmm… that’s interesting. I don’t know if Coulter would be good at “directing the conversation” but she’d rip Spitzy (and KaPa) apart. She’d definitely give some sort of (at least temp) boost in ratings.

MeatHeadinCA on December 1, 2010 at 7:53 PM

S.E. Cupp is one hot lady.

therightwinger on December 1, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Client number 9 should just go and spitz on himself. BTW, is he wearing socks while he is taping?

bayview on December 1, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Hmmm… that’s interesting. I don’t know if Coulter would be good at “directing the conversation” but she’d rip Spitzy (and KaPa) apart. She’d definitely give some sort of (at least temp) boost in ratings.

MeatHeadinCA on December 1, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Spitzer would run off set crying.

the_nile on December 1, 2010 at 7:57 PM

what a brainless nitwit. this ignorant dope fell like a impressionable tweener for the community organier’s charms. the IQ of an eraser.

sbvft contributor on December 1, 2010 at 8:00 PM

S.E. Cupp is one hot lady.

therightwinger on December 1, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Did you see her on Red Eye last night? She was showing major leg in a sexy pose that definitely had my motor revving.

John the Libertarian on December 1, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Spitzer would run off set crying.

the_nile on December 1, 2010 at 7:57 PM

I heard that’s how he likes it.

MeatHeadinCA on December 1, 2010 at 8:01 PM

S.E. Cupp is one hot lady.

therightwinger on December 1, 2010 at 7:55 PM
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Did you see her on Red Eye last night? She was showing major leg in a sexy pose that definitely had my motor revving.

John the Libertarian on December 1, 2010 at 8:01 PM

John the Libertarian:Why yes I did,she had the chair back,
and leg was up,hubba-hubba!!:)

canopfor on December 1, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Who Cares. I am going to bed. I may have to pee later.

OmahaConservative on December 1, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Lol….Allah, you are too predictable;)

Bosox04 on December 1, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Who Cares. I am going to bed. I may have to pee later.

OmahaConservative on December 1, 2010 at 8:06 PM

OmahaConservative:Leave the light on,I may need to as well,
nitey-nite OC:)

canopfor on December 1, 2010 at 8:08 PM

canopfor on December 1, 2010 at 8:08 PM

I have to pee now, since I may have to later. Getting older…

OmahaConservative on December 1, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Parker? A conservative? Bahahahahahahahahahahaa!!!

Saying it, doesn’t make it so, and doesn’t prove CNN is unbiased reporting. Duuuuuuuuh!

capejasmine on December 1, 2010 at 8:13 PM

G’night, all. I really miss the QOTD. Participation was fun…

OmahaConservative on December 1, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Be the Colmes to his Hannity, the Qui Gon to his Obi Wan.

Er, AP, you do know that Qui Gon is the flashy leader, and Obi Wan is the reluctant follower (both when he was an apprentice and when he was a master), right?

novakyu on December 1, 2010 at 8:19 PM

David Brooks was appearing in the same outfit and he refused to go change.

andycanuck on December 1, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Her strengths?

Philly on December 1, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Just a thought…doesn’t he pay his women to leave? :-D

SouthernGent on December 1, 2010 at 8:22 PM

There’s only one person who could get me to watch that show by co-hosting with Spitz. Dude, imagine it. Imagine it.

Some things are better left to your imagination, Allahpundit.

disa on December 1, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Oh, Allah – Meggie Mac, really?

You need to get out more, son. Those long days in your momma’s basement are taking their toll.

Timothy S. Carlson on December 1, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Dude, imagine it. Imagine it.

Uh, unless you think a daily show that discusses how Republicans need to back gay marriage is a good show…it ain’t gonna happen!

terryannonline on December 1, 2010 at 8:39 PM

I guess KP is not a fan of wearing socks while conducting business…

Gohawgs on December 1, 2010 at 8:40 PM

I find it amazing that a disgraced POS governor that should be in jail has a high paying job

Some system

Sonosam on December 1, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Oh noes, whatever would happen to the ratings for “Spitz and Swallows” if this is true?

malclave on December 1, 2010 at 8:57 PM

New format featuring another disgraced former governor: Spitz and Swallows starring Elliot Spitzer and Jim McGreevey.

Chazz on December 1, 2010 at 9:20 PM

Parker is a southern lady and something of a snob, but she expects a measure of respect from Spitzer. She got it in the first week, as Spitzer grinned and held his tongue allowing her to speak very well. After that Spitzer went insane at the sound of his own voice as he asked and then answered himself all questions on all suibjects, and repeated his brilliant lines over and over like a filibuster against every guest. He did not allow Parker to say a word to any guest. Apparenty Spitzer believes no one wants to hear any opinions except his, but Parker says that is rude bull shit…not that a southern lady uses such language.

jimw on December 1, 2010 at 7:39 PM

That witch is about as Southern as a bowl of chowduh. And what Southern ladies have you been hanging with? We are known for being able to out cuss any sailor on shore leave. We just say it sweeter than everyone else.

di butler on December 1, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Did Parker take lessons from Whoopi and Behar?

onlineanalyst on December 1, 2010 at 9:45 PM

How did I know that was a link the Meggie Mac…

catmman on December 1, 2010 at 9:48 PM

This is a woman who calls Christians “Oogedy boogedies.” What did anyone expect her to add to this broadcast?

Ted Torgerson on December 1, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Deep plunge blouse, short skirt, cool hairdo, etc?

BobMbx on December 1, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Kathleen, check Spitzer to see if he’s wearing socks. If he is, it means he’s screwing you over.

SilentWatcher on December 1, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Parker is being Rachel Marsdened off this show! And her legs aren’t even as good as Marsden’s.

Speedwagon82 on December 1, 2010 at 9:59 PM

We are known for being able to out cuss any sailor on shore leave. We just say it sweeter than everyone else.

di butler on December 1, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Bless your hearts. ;)

malclave on December 1, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Fire Parker and put in S.E. Cupp. She was considered for the gig at first, or is CNN only comfortable with weak “conservatives”? Put S.E. on that show, and you’ll see a much livelier and entertaining show.

Daemonocracy on December 1, 2010 at 11:25 PM

Bless your hearts. ;)

malclave on December 1, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Exactly.

di butler on December 1, 2010 at 11:26 PM

Deep plunge blouse, short skirt, cool hairdo, etc?

So it was because of David Brooks.

andycanuck on December 1, 2010 at 11:46 PM

While Parker — a conservative, nationally syndicated newspaper journalist — is widely respected, she’s no TV personality, critics said.

LOL.

angryed on December 2, 2010 at 12:12 AM

waitaminit !!!

E! and CNN are NOT THE SAME ???????????????

dissent555 on December 2, 2010 at 12:38 AM

This is a great opportunity to bring Helen Thomas out of retirement.

Shy Guy on December 2, 2010 at 12:44 AM

Like arguing over the placement of deck chairs on the Titanic.

TiminPhx on December 2, 2010 at 5:27 AM

Three possibilities.

Maybe four. She’s bummed that Spitzer doesn’t find her attractive enough and that she couldn’t cut it as a call girl.

olesparkie on December 2, 2010 at 7:45 AM

You want top ratings for this show ? Get Ashley Dupre to be his co-host !!!

LODGE4 on December 2, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Frankly, CNN should have fired the idiot who thought it was a stroke of inspired genius to give certified scumbucket
Elliott Spitzer his own news show!

Actually they should fire the idiot who APPROVED the idea the other had!

pilamaye on December 2, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Meghan? Only if she does the show topless.

Glenside on December 2, 2010 at 10:14 AM

CNN stands for Client Number Nine

Mike Morrissey on December 2, 2010 at 10:41 AM

I wonder if Elliot touched her inappropriately under the table?

litebrite on December 2, 2010 at 12:11 PM

play up her strengths

Which is Palin-bashing and little else. It won Parker a Pulitzer but it won’t win her a wider audience.

ddrintn on December 2, 2010 at 4:12 PM