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Kitty Pilgrim Returns to CNN For First Time Since Feb. 2010 to Talk About New Novel

Former CNN anchor Kitty Pilgrim returned to the network to promote her new novel,  The Explorer’s Code. The Explorer’s Code is the first book in a series of adventure novels to be authored by Pilgrim.

Pilgrim was interviewed on “American Morning” by her former office-mate Christine Romans. She last appeared on CNN in February, 2010.

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Dobbs Staffers Looking to Stay with CNN, Need Re-Apply

dobbs11_23.jpgThere’s been lots of discussion about what Lou Dobbs is up to right now, but what about the “Lou Dobbs Tonight” staff?

At the moment, they’re producing the temporary Dobbs replacement, “CNN Tonight.” That program is scheduled to run until John King‘s new show begins sometime until early 2010 — from Washington, DC.

The NYPost reports the former Dobbs staffers, “were told that they could start applying for new jobs at the all-news network — with the clear implication that their old jobs were going to end shortly.”

A CNN spokesperson told TVNewser: “CNN is encouraging Lou Dobbs’ staff to apply for positions at the 7pm program as well as for other openings within the network.”

Insiders tell us that CNN management has been talking with the staff about the future since the day after Dobbs’ departure.

As far as two of Dobbs’ regular correspondents, Kitty Pilgrim and Bill Tucker, the CNN spokesperson could not comment on specific individuals.

CNN Responds to Lou Dobbs Radio Waves About Barack Obama Birthplace

Dobbs_7.22.jpgCNN is separating itself from the radio commentary of one of its lead hosts, Lou Dobbs.

The LATimes’ James Rainey calls out Dobbs for a recent thread that’s been coming up on his radio show, and that Dobbs has not, in Rainey’s view, sufficiently shot it down: the validity of Barack Obama‘s birthplace. One caller to Dobbs’ radio show said Obama would soon be exposed as having been born in Kenya. “Certainly your view can’t be discounted,” replied Dobbs.

Rainey points out, “cooler heads at CNN put some distance between themselves and their once star host, with fill-in Kitty Pilgrim using a segment of ‘Lou Dobbs Tonight’ on Friday to provide a substantially more skeptical look at the Obama-made-in-Africa claims. Pilgrim introduced the topic of Obama’s alleged foreign birth as she sat in for Dobbs that night, calling it ‘the discredited rumor that won’t go away.’”

CNN has no involvement in Dobbs’ radio show. A spokesperson tells TVNewser, “On CNN, Lou is an independent reporter who covers stories that people are talking about, and often showcases issues that aren’t being covered by the mainstream media.”

Yesterday on the radio, Dobbs kept up the drumbeat, but stated three times that he believes Pres. Obama is a U.S. citizen. “I think the president of the United States is a citizen,” Dobbs said, adding “But what I don’t understand is why he hasn’t just produced [his birth certificate] to get this noise out of the way.”

Interestingly, Dobbs’ CNN show is preempted tonight as the network plans to air a pre-”Black in America 2″ program live from Times Square at 7pmET.

Asked whether Dobbs’ preemption has anything to do with his radio comments, the CNN spokesperson tells TVNewser, “Our special programming for Black in America 2 has been set for weeks now.”