Surprise: CNN cancels Spitzer’s show

posted at 2:37 pm on July 6, 2011 by Allahpundit

He lasted just nine months, five months fewer than he lasted as governor of New York. First Weiner, now Spitz: Maybe there really are some people who are only fit for government work.

You know who I bet is having a hearty larf right now? Ahem.

For Mr. Spitzer, who has tried to rehabilitate his public image since resigning the New York governorship in disgrace three years ago, the cancellation of “In The Arena” is a setback. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday, but in a statement provided by CNN, he expressed pride in his show.

“We engaged serious people in conversations about national and global issues in a way that was informative and challenging,” he said in the statement. “I believe that we provided diverse and valuable perspectives during the show’s tenure.”

The executive in charge of CNN/U.S., Ken Jautz, said in an internal memorandum that the channel is currently “in discussions with Eliot Spitzer about an alternative role.” But Mr. Spitzer’s own statement cast doubt on that possibility; it concluded by saying, “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at CNN.”

How bad was it for Client Number Nine? Not only was he already getting whipped in the demo by Olby on whichever UHF frequency Current TV broadcasts on, he was getting whipped by “Red Eye” on Fox at 3 a.m. Looking back, the only memorable interview in the entire run of the show was the time John Ziegler showed up and clashed with Kathleen Parker over Palin. Otherwise it was just … CNN. Nothing terrible, really, but nothing that Blitzer or John King or a thousand other people couldn’t have done for them in that timeslot. In fact, it’s amazing to think how long blandness at 8 p.m. has been a problem for them given the gangbusters ratings Fox and MSNBC piled up during the same hour by unleashing some personality. O’Reilly and Olbermann have been chewing scenery since 2003; over that same span, CNN’s had … Paula Zahn, Campbell Brown, and Spitz. And now they’re going to plug Anderson Cooper in there and do another hard-news-y hour. Cooper’s personal star power will help them, and the new lead-in — Erin Burnett at 7, finally with her own show — is a nice change of pace given how cable news primetime skews older and male, but there’s someone else they could have gotten who would have done serious business as Spitzer’s replacement. She’s as colorful as O’R and Olby, she’s proved that she can deliver big ratings, and thanks to l’affaire Anthony, she’s never been bigger. Dude, it’s time.

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AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

Boo-hoo!

And good riddance!

pilamaye on July 6, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Looking back, the only memorable interview in the entire run of the show was the time John Ziegler showed up and clashed with Kathleen Parker over Palin.

It was also pretty funny when he discussed Weinergate.

aunursa on July 6, 2011 at 2:41 PM

I’ve heard Casey Anthony is looking for work. . .

rbj on July 6, 2011 at 2:42 PM

What? I thought Spitzer was serving time for soliciting prostitutes. He had a show on TV? Perhaps he can get a job on Current TV, that seems to be a good place for somebody in the witness protection program.

cat-scratch on July 6, 2011 at 2:44 PM

I’m sure that both of his viewers are heartbroken.

kingsjester on July 6, 2011 at 2:45 PM

As I said yesterday in the Vick thread, we as a society have got to stop rewarding the very people we would least like our own children to emulate.

He never should have been hired in the first place. But we are talking about CNN here.

Meredith on July 6, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Where could CNN go for a personality driven show at that time? The cons watch O’Reilly, the libs Olby. That leaves…who? Unless they go straight up comedy and try to out do the Daily Show, where does CNN go there but hard news? I may watch the Reason-Libertarian Funny Freedoms Hour Cavalcade of Individual Liberty, but I doubt anyone else would

Number 2 on July 6, 2011 at 2:46 PM

I’ve heard Casey Anthony is looking for work. . .

rbj on July 6, 2011 at 2:42 PM

The only work she’s qualified for is laying on her back. But don’t worry, rumor has it, Vivid as already reached out to her.

Lance Murdock on July 6, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Have they fired the idiot who thought putting this pervert on TV was a good idea yet?

Knucklehead on July 6, 2011 at 2:47 PM

They could have replaced him with Weiner or DSK.

Schadenfreude on July 6, 2011 at 2:47 PM

“Spitzer Out”

slickwillie2001 on July 6, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Breaking : CNN signs Anthony Weiner to host new show.. Twitter Theater

Kini on July 6, 2011 at 2:47 PM

HalJordan on July 6, 2011 at 2:41 PM

So the FBI and the DEA were also involved? Who would have guessed?

darclon on July 6, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Nancy Grace….ok…

tinkerthinker on July 6, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Now on to Current TV.

esnap on July 6, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Spitzer had a show on CNN??? I didn’t know that.

MJZZZ on July 6, 2011 at 2:53 PM

So I guess the Weiner/Spitzer show wont happen.

csdeven on July 6, 2011 at 2:54 PM

LOL… he just said “internets”…

tetriskid on July 6, 2011 at 2:54 PM

I thought he was doing that show as the community service portion of his sentence.

Vashta.Nerada on July 6, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Instead of calling this bilgewater show “In The Arena”, CNN should have aptly named it “Into The Abyss”, since the show was going down the drain after Parker was given the heave-ho.

Besides, even remotely attempting to associate someone like Spitzer with anything related to gladiators is a Silly Putty stretch of the imagination to say the least.

pilamaye on July 6, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Intelligence Squared is the best political show on television. I do not normally watch TV but when I an channel surfing and I catch it I stay there until the program is off.

If CNN wanted to get ratings and be able to sell an ad or two then they need to put something like that on the air. I cannot watch the bloviating of O’Reily at 8PM. What I would watch everytime is a debate panel with Paul Krugman on one side and Thomas Sowell on the other… Thomas Sowell would reduce Krugman to a stuttering imbecile.

CNN better do it before FOX does…

Theworldisnotenough on July 6, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Now on to Current TV.

esnap on July 6, 2011 at 2:52 PM

That’s what need more Hot Air on Al Gore TV!

Er, ahem, with all respects to this Hot Air.

Kini on July 6, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Dude, it’s time.

I hate being Captain Obvious here but CNN needs to learn that it’s the “message” not the “messenger”.

repvoter on July 6, 2011 at 3:00 PM

She as colorful as O’R and Olby, she’s proved that she can deliver big ratings, and thanks to l’affaire Anthony, she’s never been bigger. Dude, it’s time.

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My first reply to that was “WHO!” She’s so big & gets such high ratings that I have NEVER HEARD OF HER & Don’t care!

Confederate on July 6, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Actually the over/under was 6 months, so all who bet the over line up now.

rjoco1 on July 6, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Dude, it’s time.

I hate being Captain Obvious here but CNN needs to learn that it’s the “message” not the “messenger”.

repvoter on July 6, 2011 at 3:00 PM

If you think about it, even going back to the glory days when Captain Outrageous Ted Turner himself was manning the helm, at CNN, it has ALWAYS been about the messenger, rarely about the message.

pilamaye on July 6, 2011 at 3:04 PM

That’s nine months longer than this d@#$ should have been on the air.

scalleywag on July 6, 2011 at 3:05 PM

How about Spitzer, Weiner and DSK in a sequel movie, “Three Amigos II: ‘Is that a Sombrero or are you just happy to see me?’”.

Shy Guy on July 6, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Maybe they can glean some inspiration from FOX and start a show called “The 8″.

mizflame98 on July 6, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Gunwalker: The ATF’s Kenneth Melson Blows the Whistle on the Justice Department
A blockbuster development in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.
July 6, 2011 – 8:52 am – by Hans A. von Spakovsky

HalJordan on July 6, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Uh-oh. Sounds like Steadman Holder may be available for a CNN show soon, unless he gets indicted. Maybe a gig with Weiner?

Weiner/Holder. THIS is CNN.

iurockhead on July 6, 2011 at 3:08 PM

July 7th CNN Headline:
“Spitz Out, Weiner In”

Odie1941 on July 6, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Maybe they can glean some inspiration from FOX and start a show called “The 8″.

mizflame98 on July 6, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Or in their case, “Behind The 8-Ball”.

pilamaye on July 6, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Nine months…his show was late-term aborted.

SKYFOX on July 6, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Maybe he should do ExtenZe informercials along with Ashley Dupre wearing something alluring (Ashley that is, not Eliot).

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 6, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Gunwalker: The ATF’s Kenneth Melson Blows the Whistle on the Justice Department
A blockbuster development in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.
July 6, 2011 – 8:52 am – by Hans A. von Spakovsky

HalJordan on July 6, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Thanks for the link.

NMRN123 on July 6, 2011 at 3:10 PM

So what do you after you’ve been a lawyer, politician, attorney general, sleazeball and political commentator on a low rated talk show? Bet he goes back to being a full time sleazeball.

scalleywag on July 6, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Ok, the cancellation is not shocking, but what’s with the pic of Smeagol on the cover?

capejasmine on July 6, 2011 at 3:14 PM

What I would watch everytime is a debate panel with Paul Krugman on one side and Thomas Sowell on the other…

I would pay to see that too, but a good debate on cable news is very rare. Fox stockpiles all these conservative analysts like Rove, Palin, Morris and one-and-former analyst Newt Gingrich, but I’ve never seen them debate on air. And Hardball’s idea of a debate is to have Eugene Robinson go up against David Corn.

YYZ on July 6, 2011 at 3:17 PM

I wonder how much Chris Matthews comment, about Spitzer shouldn’t be allowed to report about Weiner, had to do with this?

bflat879 on July 6, 2011 at 3:19 PM

So what do you after you’ve been a lawyer, politician, attorney general, sleazeball and political commentator on a low rated talk show? Bet he goes back to being a full time sleazeball.

scalleywag on July 6, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Who says he even stopped being a sleazeball for a time?

pilamaye on July 6, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Airport maintenance and janitorial workers hardest hit.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on July 6, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Well, Spitz, not everyone is good at everything.

WisCon on July 6, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Nancy Grace to Fox News – 5:00 PM!

BJ* on July 6, 2011 at 3:24 PM

John king got the boot?

cmsinaz on July 6, 2011 at 3:35 PM

I hear he’s now a greeter at the Luxor in Vegas.

Akzed on July 6, 2011 at 3:39 PM

The picture on this post reminds me of those old Keystone “Bitter Beer Face” commercials.

HuskerNate on July 6, 2011 at 3:46 PM

He lasted just nine months

Nine is just not his lucky number, is it?

AZCoyote on July 6, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Spitzer had a TV show? On CNN? I did not know that.

Lawrence on July 6, 2011 at 4:00 PM

So does he get to stay on TV for another month after they “fire” him and reflect on what a wonderful journey it has been. Then he will start ASTV.com.

Is there time for a MMFA party on what a wonderful job they did in getting him off the air.

tjexcite on July 6, 2011 at 4:01 PM

You can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still……

Dr Evil on July 6, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Am I a bad person because I am enjoying the news of this man’s failure so much? Cause. I. Am.

cynccook on July 6, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Will anyone notice?

molonlabe28 on July 6, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Spitzer and Parker will star in the sequel to the movie “You, Me, and Dupre”.

Steve Z on July 6, 2011 at 5:12 PM

I always thought Weiner would become his co-host.
Guess that’s not happening

ToddonCapeCod on July 6, 2011 at 5:20 PM

I’m so surpr….oh, who am I fooling. Of course I’m not surprised.

Bob's Kid on July 6, 2011 at 5:51 PM

I’ve heard Casey Anthony is looking for work. . .

rbj on July 6, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Bus station. Knees. One quarter at a time.

JohnGalt23 on July 6, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Gotta make room for the newest ‘hottie’, the Weiner man.

Kissmygrits on July 6, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Oh nuts. I was looking forward to the new CNN show. “the Weiner that Spitzers”.

mmcnamer1 on July 6, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Will Chris Matthews be showcasing and complaining about the lack of color in the new CNN shows as he does about every entity to his right?

RJL on July 6, 2011 at 11:10 PM