Fmr. NY Gov. Spitzer Reportedly 'Overshadowing' Co-Host on Ailing CNN Show


Eliot Spitzer's TV sidekick is so fed up with playing second fiddle to the former New York governor that she is threatening to walk, the New York Post reported Wednesday, quoting sources.

Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker actually stormed off the set of the "Parker Spitzer" show during a pre-taping a few weeks ago -- furious that her co-host is continually allowed to take charge of their nightly CNN chat-fest, the insiders said.

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Although still fuming, Parker did return to wrap up the segment, they said.

But she is angry that the producers are allegedly doing nothing to play up her strengths on the ailing show, the sources said.

Some staffers said Spitzer -- the hard-charging, former state attorney general who resigned as governor in 2008 after admitting to patronizing prostitutes -- thrust himself up front, leaving Parker without a chance.

But other insiders said the Pulitzer Prize-winning Parker has only herself to blame. While Parker -- a conservative, nationally syndicated newspaper journalist -- is widely respected, she is no TV personality, critics said.

"Her weaknesses are felt internally," a source said.

Meanwhile, Spitzer is exceeding everyone's expectations, a source said. "He's smart, tenacious -- he turned out better than they thought," the source said.

Incensed over her lesser position on the one-hour show, Parker has now been privately grumbling that the show's executive producer, Liza McGuirk, is not making the changes needed to boost her image, the sources said.

Someone could soon be shown the door over the behind-the-scenes battling -- and over the fact that show has done so poorly in the all-important Nielsen ratings, the sources said. But a CNN representative said the network stands squarely behind both McGuirk and Parker.

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