CNN hires ex-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer as host

cnn-spitzer-parker-320.jpgFormer New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is apparently sufficiently removed from the scandal that ended his political career to be a cable news host.

CNN announced Wednesday (June 23) that Spitzer and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Kathleen Parker will take over the 8 p.m. ET spot from Campbell Brown, whose show is being canceled thanks to low ratings. The untitled new show is scheduled to premiere in the fall.

The network is touting the new show as a "spirited" roundtable show that will feature conservative commentator Parker squaring off against the famously progressive Spitzer. CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein says the new show will offer "a lively roundup of all the best ideas" rather than a "narrow, predictable point of view."

Spitzer has been working on his TV chops recently, filling in as a host on MSNBC and making a number of guest appearances on CNN. He was elected governor of New York in 2006 but resigned two years later following a prostitution scandal.

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