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Eliot Spitzer's CNN Talk Show Gets Canceled & An Insider Tells Us Why!

Wed, July 6, 2011 2:27pm EDT by 4 Comments

After less than a year, former New York governor Eliot Spitzer’s political talk show on CNN has been given the ax and will be replaced by Anderson Cooper’s nightly newscast!

Since voluntarily resigning from his role as New York governor, scorned politician Eliot Spitzer has been trying to revamp his image — but now he’s going through yet another set back. CNN announced July 6 it is canceling his political talk show, In the Arena, after nine months of it being on the air — a program in which he took much pride.

“We engaged serious people in conversations about national and global issues in a way that was informative and challenging,” Eliot, 52, wrote in a statement. “I believe that we provided diverse and valuable perspectives during the show’s tenure.”

With In the Arena off the air, Anderson Cooper‘s nightly newscast will now fill the 8 p.m. time slot and then replay at 10 p.m. like usual.

An insider at the network explained to exclusively why the decision was made to yank Eliot’s show, saying, “The 8 p.m. timeslot is the hardest to fill for CNN. Campbell Brown was canceled because the ratings weren’t doing well and they tried to do something different with Spitzer, but they just keep spinning their wheels. They can’t compete with the other networks’ 8 p.m. shows.”

Although CNN reportedly mentioned in an internal statement it’s in talks with Eliot “about an alternative role,” he seems to feel otherwise, writing, “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at CNN.”

Eliot’s career as governor came to a sudden halt in 2008 after it was discovered he was a regular client within a high-end prostitution ring. Since that time, he’s been attempting to regain respect again in the public eye — it will be interesting to see what path he chooses next.

Kirstin Benson