CNN announced today that it is bringing back a show that was a staple on the cable news channel in the past. The network made official what has been expected for a couple of months: It’s resurrecting “Crossfire.”
Hosts for the new edition of the debate program will be Newt Gingrich and S.E. Cupp on the right and Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones on the left. CNN televised the previous version of “Crossfire” from 1982 to 2005.
Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, said in a statement: “Few programs in the history of CNN have had the kind of impact on political discourse that ‘Crossfire’ did — it was a terrific program then, and we believe the time is right to bring it back and do it again. We look forward to the opportunity to host passionate conversation from all sides of the political spectrum. Crossfire will be the forum where America holds its great debates.”
All four hosts will also appear on other CNN programming and will take part in coverage of elections and other political events, the network said.
Ken Jautz, executive vice president of CNN, said in the announcement: “Following the successful launches of ‘Around the World,’ ‘The Lead with Jake Tapper,’ and ‘New Day,’ we felt it was the right time to turn our attention next to ‘Crossfire.’ This will be the next step in reinvigorating our lineup of live programs.”