Spitzer reflected on his brief run at CNN in a statement: "We engaged serious people in conversations about national and global issues in a way that was informative and challenging. I believe that we provided diverse and valuable perspectives during the show's tenure."
The accompanying moves will shift 'Anderson Cooper 360' into Spitzer's 8PM slot. 'AC360' will also replay again at 10PM, its current time. 'The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer,' which had previously aired from 5-7PM, will move to 4-6, with 'John King USA' moving to 6, followed by Erin Burnett's as-yet-unnamed new show at 7PM. 'Piers Morgan Tonight' will remain in the 9PM slot.
"The new line-up showcases anchors who are experienced reporters in covering stories that span the globe," said Ken Jautz, CNN executive vice president. "We created a nightly schedule that brings together the best of CNN's journalism on a wide range of topics from politics and the economy to global and world events, as well the best newsmaker and celebrity interviews. This line-up ensures viewers access to the best of what CNN has to offer whenever they tune in at night."
The moves, particularly putting 'AC360' at 8PM, appears to be a bid to make CNN more relevant in the nightly cable news ratings race. It puts Cooper, the network's biggest star, up against Fox News powerhouse 'The O'Reilly Factor,' Keith Olbermann's new Current 'Countdown,' and MSNBC's 'The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell.'
"I'm looking forward to the new time slot and am excited to share 'AC360' with a new audience at 8PM, while still connecting with my regular viewers at 10PM," Cooper said in a statement.