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CNN drops Spitzer's ratings-challenged TV show

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Client No. 9 got deep-sixed by CNN.

The ratings-challenged show hosted by Eliot Spitzer, who was felled as New York governor in a 2008 prostitution scandal, finally got the hook Wednesday, with Spitzer making his last appearance Wednesday night and the show scheduled to limp along until Aug. 5.

The show premiered amid much hype last October with co-host Kathleen Parker, only to be revamped in February with Spitzer, 52, remaining as sole anchor.

Announcing its fall schedule Wednesday, CNN said that starting Aug. 8, Anderson Cooper's nightly news program "AC360" will air in the slot now occupied by Spitzer's “In the Arena.”

Spitzer put out a conciliatory statement Wednesday.

“We engaged serious people in conversations about national and global issues in a way that was informative and challenging ... I thoroughly enjoyed my time at CNN," he said.

No reason was given for the decision, but the program is the lowest-rated primetime show on CNN and continues to languish behind Fox News, MSNBC and HLN.

There has recently been speculation he might try to return to politics.

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