What if ‘Parker Spitzer‘ became just ‘Spitzer’? It could happen, according to a report about a widening rift between Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker, co-hosts of the nightly 8 p.m. talk show on CNN.
The story in the New York Post cites unnamed sources saying Parker recently “stormed off the set” during a segment that was being pre-taped for airing later (most of this show’s segments are live).
These sources said Parker’s outburst resulted from her feeling that Spitzer has been hogging the limelight and taking unfair charge of the show. The Post story says Parker accuses the show’s producers of “doing nothing” to ensure that the co-hosts come across as equals on the program.
Parker, of course, is the syndicated columnist who is this show’s right-leaning counterpart to Spitzer, the liberal ex-governor of New York who resigned in 2008 following revelations that he spent thousands of dollars on prostitutes.
When you watch ‘Parker Spitzer,’ it’s certainly true that Spitzer often seems more assertive – if not downright more aggressive – than Parker. Whether he has adopted an emphatic, take-no-prisoners style for the express purpose of dominating the show and driving off his co-host is anybody’s guess. Spitzer’s always been a pretty hard-charging personality – on TV and in politics – so it’s probably something he can’t really reign in.
Meanwhile, in response to the story, a spokeswoman said, “We love Kathleen [and] CNN is standing behind the show.”
The story reminds us – at least somewhat – of the old ‘Hannity and Colmes’ show on Fox News Channel, which morphed into just ‘Hannity‘ when liberal Alan Colmes parted company with conservative Sean Hannity (though by all accounts, Colmes’ parting was amicable). And ‘Hannity’ has done just fine.
So what if ‘Parker Spitzer’ became just ‘Spitzer’? Would that be a step in the right direction for the show?