With Flagging Ratings For ‘Parker Spitzer,’ CNN Considers Replacing One of the Co-Hosts

Jan 10, 2011  •  Post A Comment

With its new show "Parker Spitzer" trailing far behind the competition on Fox News and MSNBC, CNN is considering replacing one of the show’s co-hosts, reports the Wall Street Journal. (with the WSJ behind a firewall we link here to the version carried by The Huffington Post.

According to an update in the Huffington Post story, "The New York Post reports that Kathleen Parker is almost certain to be replaced as the co-host of CNN’s 8 PM show. ‘There’s no doubt in the world they are going to replace her,’ one source told the Post. According to the paper, the favorite to replace Parker as co-host alongside Eliot Spitzer is E.D. Hill, the former Fox News anchor most famous for calling Barack and Michelle Obama’s fist bump a ‘terrorist fist jab.’ Hill has already filled in for Parker once on the show. The Post says that CNN is also looking at National Review writer Will Cain as a replacement."

According to the original WSJ story, that paper was told that no decision has been made, and a CNN spokeswoman said, "We aren’t going to engage in speculation." While CNN debuted the show as part of a strategy to revive its primetime schedule, the show has averaged about 468,000 viewers in its 8 p.m. time slot through late December, compared with 2.6 million for Fox News and 874,000 for MSNBC, the WSJ story notes.

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