The low ratings for "Parker Spitzer" --co-hosted by conservative writer Kathleen Parker and former New York governor Eliot Spitzer -- are causing tension within CNN, the New York Times' Brian Stelter reports.
The show averaged just 453,000 viewers in November, and, in its first seven weeks, Stelter writes, has drawn just 140,000 viewers in the coveted A25-54 demographic.
Stelter writes that "disappointment with the ratings was evident" in his interviews with CNN executives, though they all flatly denied that any major changes -- chief among them co-host Kathleen Parker's exit -- are forthcoming.
Stelter talked to Parker about her role on the show, and the rumors that she stormed off the set recently out of anger at Spitzer's domination of the program. Parker insisted that she wasn't going anywhere, but she did not deny that there have been "editorial and political tensions" on the show. Nor, interestingly, did she deny the rumors about storming off the set. Instead, she clarified them, saying, "I don't storm, I saunter."
Spitzer added: "I've seen tension in my life -- conflict, tension, acrimony -- and I haven't seen anything here that comes close to what I've seen."
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