Eliot Spitzer Said to Be 'Thisclose' To Deal With CNN

By Nicole Bode on June 15, 2010 2:24pm | Updated on June 15, 2010 2:23pm

New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer was all smiles back on election day, Nov. 7, 2006. He could be smiling again if a rumored offer to host a new show on CNN goes through.
New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer was all smiles back on election day, Nov. 7, 2006. He could be smiling again if a rumored offer to host a new show on CNN goes through.
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By Nicole Bode

DNAinfo Senior Editor

MANHATTAN — Could CNN be so desperate for ratings that it would hire disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and a scandal-scarred British tabloid editor to fill prime time spots?

It appears such a scenario is "thisclose," the New York Post reported, where Spitzer would step into the 8 p.m. spot formerly filled by Campbell Brown. Piers Morgan, the former editor of London's Daily Mirror and current judge on "America's Got Talent," could be in line to replace Larry King.

The sheriff of Wall Street, who was taken down in a high-end prostitution scandal, is rumored to be ready to co-host a “Crossfire”-style talk show with a yet-to-be-determined conservative counterpart, the Post reported.

Morgan had to step down from his editorship at the Mirror in 2004 after running fake shots of British soldiers torturing Iraqi soldiers in a bogus Abu Ghraib-style photo.

But contract conflicts could get in the way of Morgan’s move, as he currently appears on rival network NBC, the Post reported.

Neither Spitzer nor Morgan responded to the Post’s requests for comment. CNN said plans to replace Brown’s 8 p.m. show was “our priority” and denied that they were close to signing a replacement for Larry King.

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