Disgraced "Sheriff of Wall Street" joins CNN

Wed Jun 23, 2010 5:23pm EDT
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By Mark Egan

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in disgrace two years ago after admitting to using a prostitute, will co-host a new show on CNN, the cable news network said on Wednesday.

CNN said the man who rose to political prominence as New York's attorney general, earning the nickname "Sheriff of Wall Street" for his relentless efforts prosecuting financial malfeasance, will co-host a show with 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post.

Parker, a self-professed conservative whose columns are syndicated nationally, said in a statement from CNN: "With Eliot Spitzer as my co-host, Wall Street and Main Street will finally meet. It can't possibly be boring."

Spitzer, a Democrat, promised the program would "inform, challenge, and entertain" in the same CNN statement.

In an interview with Reuters, Parker likened chat shows to cocktail parties, saying she hopes hers will draw viewers because it will have better conversations and better guests.

Parker made headlines during the 2008 presidential campaign when she said Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin should step down as Senator John McCain's running mate because she was out of her league.

Asked if Palin might be a guest, she said, "Maybe she will be our first guest." She laughed off suggestions Palin might be upset by her assertion that she was out of her league in 2008.

"I think she probably agrees with me," she said.   Continued...

<p>Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer speaks at the Reuters Global Financial Regulation Summit 2010 in New York April 28, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid</p>