Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) will host a new show on CNN, the network announced Wednesday.
Spitzer, who has been appearing periodically on MSNBC and writing for Slate.com, will co-host with conservative columnist Kathleen Partker. The show will air in the 8 p.m. ET time slot on weeknights, but has yet to be given a name.
In a press release announcing the decision, CNN made no mention of Spitzer's fall from grace, in which he resigned from office after it became known that he had paid for call girls. Instead, CNN describes Spitzer as a "legendary prosecutor and progressive governor."
Network President Jon Klein said the move reflects CNN's commitment to a diversity of views.
“Other cable news channels force-feed viewers one narrow, predictable point of view; in contrast, CNN will be offering a lively roundup of all the best ideas — presented by two of the most intelligent and outspoken figures in the country,” said Klein. “Eliot and Kathleen are beholden to no vested interest — in fact, quite the opposite: They are renowned for taking on the most powerful targets and most important causes.”