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CNN makes it official, taps Eliot Spitzer to co-host new political gabfest

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In case you didn’t have proof before about second acts or the politics of redemption, Eliot Spitzer is your poster boy.

It wasn’t too long ago we were all following the breathless coverage of Spitzer’s fall from grace — thanks to his dalliances with Call Girl Ashley Dupree as “Client No. 9.” But Spitzer, who has slowly returned to the public eye via TV in the time since he resigned the New York governorship, is now officially back.

As has been rumored for weeks, CNN confirmed Wednesday morning that Spitzer will co-host a new nightly series alongside Conservative columnist Kathleen Parker. The show, which airs at 8 p.m., replaces Campbell Brown’s recently canceled show. Parker/Spitzer will officially launch their new show this fall.

Spitzer and Parker “will host a dynamic exchange of opinion and analyses — their own, and those of their guests and regular contributors — on the most important, compelling and amusing stories of the day,” CNN said.

Said CNN US topper Jon Klein: “Eliot and Kathleen are beholden to no vested interest — in fact, quite the opposite: they are renowned for taking on the most powerful causes.”

Spitzer has become a frequent TV presence and a columnist at Slate; the CNN press release doesn’t mention that, um, unfortunate incident from a while back.

CNN still hasn’t commented on ongoing rumors that Piers Morgan will also be joining the network.

BTW, before we make too big a deal of Spitzer’s fall and rise, remember that TV is filled with second acts. And some of them were convicted and even spent time in the pokey — think Martha Stewart or G. Gordon Liddy. For all that’s been said about Spitzer, he was never charged with any sort of malfeasance.

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