Washington Post conservative columnist Kathleen Parker is out as co-host of "Parker Spitzer." Parker's co-host, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D), will stay on to helm an "ensemble format" program. CNN executive VP Ken Jautz announced this afternoon that the changes are effective Monday.
Newly titled "In the Arena," Spitzer will be joined on the program by E.D. Hill and Will Cain, along with newsmakers and contributors "within and outside the CNN family."
"We have been pleased with how the 8pm hour has become a centerpiece of substantive, policy-oriented conversation," said Jautz. "The program will provide context and analysis through balanced and thoughtful discussions and interviews with a wide range of guests and newsmakers who cumulatively represent various points of view."
In the memo to staff, Jautz said the decision for Parker to leave was hers.
"After bringing viewers a new 8pm show on CNN, I have decided to return to a schedule that will allow me to focus more on my syndicated newspaper column and other writings," said Parker in a statement. "While I am extremely proud of the show we created, and the subject matter and level of discourse Parker Spitzer promoted every night, it was a difficult decision to scale back my column a few months ago and, with the show going in a new direction, it is a good time to move on."
"Kathleen will continue to appear on CNN occasionally to provide her insights and commentary," Jautz added.
As for Spitzer, he wished Parker "all the best" and said it has been a "joy" to work with her. "I continue to be a huge fan of the wisdom that jumps from her written work," wrote Spitzer, "and the wit, charm and insight she brings to all that she does."
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