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A little over a year since the resurrected version of Crossfire debuted, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that CNN has once again shelved the talking-head debate show.
The show debuted with four hosts, two conservative-leaning and two liberal-leaning, including Van Jones, Stephanie Cutter, S.E. Cupp and Newt Gingrich. But even in its first week, the rebooted half-hour talk show saw disappointing viewership figures during the 6 p.m. hour. All four panelists will stay on as political correspondents.
And, as layoffs hit parent company Turner Broadcasting, Crossfire is not the only CNN series to go by the wayside. Sanjay Gupta MD, CNN Money With Christine Romans and Unguarded With Rachel Nichols are also leaving the schedule, with the on-air talent for each to continue to appear on the network.
Previously announced layoffs began this week at Turner. And while Time Warner and Turner declined comment, a CNN spokesperson released the following statement: “The changes this week are difficult yet necessary. Out of respect for our colleagues directly impacted, we won’t be commenting on specific people or programs.”
Even though Crossfire‘s cancelation was made official on Wednesday, the show had been on “extended hiatus,” according to the network, and hadn’t been on since late July. Its on-air roster had been making the rounds on other CNN shows — and when ABC’s The View was searching for new panelists over the summer, Cupp had been listed as in the running for the job.
An earlier incarnation of the show, which debuted in June 1982, was canceled in January 2005. That version is getting a bit of an online renaissance, with many blogs and news sites pointing to the fact that Oct. 15 is the 10-year anniversary of Jon Stewart going on the show and skewering Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson.
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