Eliot Spitzer to Step In for Keith Olbermann During Current's Florida Primary Coverage

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Since Kathleen Parker departed, Spitzer is averaging 729,000 viewers a night, way up year-over-year compared with Campbell Brown. But the increase hinges in part on strong tune-in for CNN during a very newsy first quarter. 

Eliot Spitzer is returning to cable news.

The former Governor of New York will co-host Countdown with Bill Press in Keith Olbermann's absence on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, while Olbermann is out sick with bronchitis, reports TV Newser. The former host of CNN's In the Arena will assist with Current TV's coverage of the Florida primary along with David Shuster, who will be reporting live from Florida.

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The appearance isn't Spitzer's first on Current, but the job does mark his first return to hosting since Arena was axed in July.

While signing off from his final broadcast on July 6, Spitzer quoted Theodore Roosevelt: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs, who comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings, who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Editors Note: A previous version of this story stated that Spitzer would be the sole fill-in host, and that Al Sharpton's PoliticsNation replaced Arena on CNN.

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