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Eliot Spitzer’s Not-So-Friendly Return To CNN

It was just three short years ago that CNN hired former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer to serve as the co-host (alongside Kathleen Parker) on a primetime debate program, “Parker/Spitzer.” The show would be quickly rebranded as “In The Arena” a few months later (minus Parker), and Spitzer would sign off from the program a year or so after it launched.

Fast forward two years, and Spitzer is interested in getting back into New York politics with a run for New York City Comptroller. As part of his campaign, Spitzer has been appearing on a slew of national TV shows, and today he returned to his old stomping grounds at CNN, appearing on “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”

Suffice it to say, it was not a friendly chat.

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Former CNN, Current TV Host Eliot Spitzer Re-Enters Politics

Eliot Spitzer, the disgraced former New York governor-turned cable news talk show host, is getting back in to politics. Spitzer will run for New York City Comptroller, essentially the CFO and chief auditing officer for the city.

Spitzer resigned as New York Governor five years ago amid a prostitution scandal. In 2010 he began appearing, and in some cases filling in as a host, on MSNBC. In the Fall of 2010, Spitzer joined CNN hosting a show called “Parker/Spitzer.” When Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker departed, it was renamed “In the Arena,” with Spitzer as solo host. That show was canceled two years ago this month. When Keith Olbermann abruptly left Current TV in March of 2012, Spitzer slid into that timeslot. But that lasted less than a year, as Spitzer ended the show when the network was sold to Al Jazeera in January.

On “CBS This Morning,” Spitzer said, “I sinned, I owned up to it, I looked them in the eye, I resigned, I held myself accountable. I think that was the only right thing to do. There’s a record there that I hope they will look to and say, ‘yes, the comptroller’s position is one that fits his skill set and we hope that we can bring him back for public service.’”

Spitzer has until Thursday to gather 3,750 signatures to get on the ballot for a primary which will be held in September.

Production Wraps on ‘The Chris Matthews Show’

The syndicated weekend public affairs program, “The Chris Matthews Show” is wrapping up production after 11 years. And the final three broadcasts, airing over the next three weekends, feature 17 of the show’s most prominent guests.

The seventeen journalists include Gloria Borger, David Brooks, Elisabeth Bumiller, Michael Duffy, Howard Fineman, John Heilemann, David Ignatius, Katty Kay, Joe Klein, Andrea Mitchell, Michele Norris, Kelly O’Donnell, Clarence Page, Kathleen Parker, Andrew Sullivan, Cynthia Tucker, and Bob Woodward.

It was these, and many other guests who, since 2002, provided the answer to the show’s signature question: “Tell me something I don’t know.”

“The fact is,” says Matthews. “I look at the whole show that way. I am constantly learning when I sit with these caring, thinking, in most cases, hopeful people. No, they’re not just journalists. They’re people – like you – trying to get some grip on this surprise we call life.”

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E.D. Hill Fills In For Brooke Baldwin on CNN

Former Fox News Channel anchor and — as of earlier this afternoon — soon-to-be-former “In the Arena” contributor E.D. Hill is filling in for 3 p.m. anchor Brooke Baldwin on CNN today.

Hill, who left Fox News Channel in November 2008, has been seen regularly on CNN since February, when Eliot Spitzer‘s 8 p.m. timeslot was rebranded as an ensemble show following Kathleen Parker‘s departure. She has also guest-hosted “The View” several times.

Erin Burnett to 7pm on CNN; John King USA up to 6pm; Anderson Cooper moves to 8pm

Big changes coming to the CNN lineup.

Erin Burnett‘s new show will be a part of CNN’s pre-primetime lineup, airing at 7pmET, CNN announced. “John King, USA” which had aired at 7pm, moves up to 6pm and “Anderson Cooper 360″ moves up two hours, to 8pmET, pitting him against cable news’ #1 show FNC’s “The O’Reilly Factor.”

The first change occurs August 8, when AC360 makes the move to 8pm, with a re-air at 10pmET. Most days, this will mean a shorter day for Cooper, who will be devoting more time to his syndicated daytime show which launches in September.

“I’m looking forward to the new time slot and am excited to share AC360 with a new audience at 8pm, while still connecting with my regular viewers at 10pm,” said Cooper.

Burnett, the former CNBC anchor, will debut in the fall with her show re-airing at 11pmET. “Piers Morgan Tonight” continues at 9pm and 12amET.

King’s move to 6pm means the 2-hour “Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” will now begin at 4pmET, leaving one less hour of CNN Newsroom.

All these changes leave “In the Arena” off the schedule. There’s no mention of that, or the fate of host Eliot Spitzer in the news release (after the jump.)

But Spitzer gives this response on the show, via his publicist: “We engaged serious people in conversations about national and global issues in a way that was informative and challenging. I believe that we provided diverse and valuable perspectives during the show’s tenure. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at CNN.”

Spitzer’s brief run as a cable news host began last October when the former New York Governor was paired with The Washington Post‘s Kathleen Parker for a new show called “Parker Spitzer.” That lasted four months, when Parker left amid reports of tension on the set. The show was reformatted into an ensemble led by Spitzer.

Insiders tell us Spitzer’s work at CNN is done, and he’ll be free to speak with other networks soon.

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Mika Brzezinski shows her value at book party

Mika Brzezinski and "Morning Joe" EP Chris Licht

Monday night, Michael’s Resaturant was the scene of a party for Mika Brzezinski and her new book “Knowing Your Value.”

Miles Nadal, the CEO of MDC Partners and The Daily Beast/Newsweek‘s Tina Brown hosted the night. Guests included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Arianna Huffington, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, NBC News “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, former CNN host Kathleen Parker, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, CBS News’s Lesley Stahl, IAC chairman Barry Diller, former Rep. Harold Ford Jr., MSNBC/The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capeheart, and Daily News‘s Mort Zuckerman.

Mika’s “Morning Joe” partner Joe Scarborough was not in attendance following the death of his father last week. EP Chris Licht, who is expected to announce in the coming days he’s leaving the network for an executive position at CBS News, was on hand.

  • More pictures after the jump…

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Eliot Spitzer on ‘In the Arena’: For people ‘who don’t happen to be watching the Knicks or American Idol and want news.’

FishbowlNY contributor Diane Clehane was at her usual perch Wednesday, at Michael’s restaurant where media bigs do lunch. Diane sat down with former New York Governer-turned CNN host Eliot Spitzer.

When I asked Spitzer if he considered himself a journalist or a commentator, he answered simply, “I don’t know. I don’t mean to be vague. When the issue of objectivity comes up, I don’t think there is any such thing as objectivity. I don’t mean to say you infuse everything with bias and don’t try to be rigorously factual, but how you present every fact depends upon the prism through which you see it.”

As for his former co-host Kathleen Parker

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‘I know the difference between journalism and a slogan. Keeping them honest is a slogan.’

Twenty-seven years after suffering a heart attack he didn’t know was a heart attack, CNN exile Aaron Brown will undergo triple-bypass surgery today in Phoenix.

“Some part of me has known for a long time that at some point, the piper that is heart disease is going to get paid,” says Brown, 62, the Walter Cronkite Professor of Journalism at Arizona State. “This has been 27 years in the making.”

One night in 1984, when he was an anchor at Seattle’s KING, Brown didn’t realize that the pain he was experiencing was a heart attack. He did the late news, anyway, then was rushed to the hospital.

A week ago, after a routine stress test led to an immediate angiogram, Brown’s cardiologist told him he needed a bypass – stat.

While accepting his fate, Brown says he’s angry, too. He is a planner, and heart surgery was not in his plans. The situation is beyond his control. For Brown, that is a frightening place.

“If you’re a control freak, it’s hard to let go,” says Brown, forced out of CNN in 2005. “On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d be a 12. I’ve never faced anything quite like this. I find myself fighting to get control of it, but I know it’s not healthy for me. I’m trying so hard to let go.

“It sounds crazy, but I don’t recall ever having let go. In my childhood, I had to stay focused and in control, because so many people doubted me. I grew up in a little town [Hopkins,

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Eliot Spitzer moves into Kathleen Parker’s office

TVNewser has learned Eliot Spitzer host of the new 8pmET show “In the Arena” has moved into the office of his former CNN co-host, Kathleen Parker. Parker announced on Friday she’d be moving on from the show and the network. So today, Spitzer moved in.

A CNN insider tells TVNewser, “It’s not unusual that when there are staff changes that there are office changes as well.”

Kathleen Parker Out at ‘Parker Spitzer’

Breaking: “Parker Spitzer” co-host Kathleen Parker is leaving CNN’s 8 PM program.

Parker’s co-host, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, will remain. Earlier we noted that Spitzer had been telling friends Parker would be leaving the network in short order.

The show is being reformatted as an ensemble program called “In the Arena,” and will feature a rotating lineup of contributors that will be paired with Spitzer, according to a tweet from the NY Times Brian Stelter.

Update: Its official: “Kathleen Parker has decided to leave the program to focus on her writing, and we have decided to take the show in a new direction,” said CNN/U.S. executive VP Ken Jautz in a memo to staff. “We will be adopting an ensemble format with several newsmakers, guests and contributors joining Eliot Spitzer each night. The new program will be called, “In the Arena,” beginning Monday. E.D. Hill and Will Cain will join the program as well others within and outside the CNN family.”

Cain is a columnist for National Review, while Hill is a former Fox News anchor, who is infamous for her “terrorist fist jab” comment on the network back in 2008.

“In the Arena” appears to be a reference to the famous quote by former President Theodore Roosevelt.

That quote, along with statements from Parker, Spitzer and Jautz are after the jump.

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