Conversation over for Eisner at CNBC


Another familiar face of CNBC primetime is exiting.

Former Disney chief Michael Eisner is taking leave of "Conversations With Michael Eisner," which has aired about once a month since March 2006. Eisner's other business interests, including the Tornante Co., make it harder for him to work as much as he'd like on the show, the network said.

"He decided he didn't have the time to give 'Eisner' his full attention," a CNBC spokesman said.

CNBC canceled "Donny Deutsch" a few weeks ago, citing the economic climate.

Eisner's show never was a ratings success for CNBC, averaging about 100,000 viewers per original episode. Eisner, however, was able to bring star power to the interview series; his most recent program was with Houston megachurch pastor Joel Osteen.

Tornante includes Web sharer Veoh, Topps, the development of "Prom Queen" on the Web and a Nickelodeon series.

CNBC has three episodes of "Eisner" yet to air that will last until March. Staffers who work on the show will remain at CNBC to work on other projects. (partialdiff)