19 May 2010

Brown Out -- Spitzer In?

Washington Examiner

It's official: Campbell Brown's prime-time show on CNN is toast, sources say.

The ratings are down 6 percent from last year, at 159,000 viewers in the coveted 25-to-54 demographic, CNN says. Mediaite took Brown's spin and reported that she asked to break her contract months ago, but insiders are saying she was getting heat to leave. She hasn't been featured in recent CNN promotions and was present at the CNN Newsmaker Breakfast last month but not a featured talent.

Insiders are buzzing about how Brown's falling ratings may lead CNN U.S. President Jonathan Klein to eat his words and bring back a "head-butting debate" show he once detested ala "Crossfire."

The network is even considering bringing in disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, a friend of Klein, to panel the show. Spitzer has been a guest on Brown's show and filled in for MSNBC's anchor Dylan Ratigan's show Monday afternoon.

When Yeas & Nays reached out to Spitzer about the possibility of joining the team, he briskly shut it down saying, "Nope. Nope."

"I've been there once or twice, twice, maybe," Spitzer continued.

As for CNN, spokeswoman Christa Robinson said, "There has been a lot of talk about CNN lately. As always, we are not going to comment on any speculation that may be out there."

Brown would not comment on the record.

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