Eliot Spitzer is out of a job, and the timing coincides with the sale of Current TV, which airs Spitzer's talk show "Viewpoint." The show will go on without him, at least for now. The television station intends to run the talk show with a new host. On Sun., Jan. 6, 2013, Yahoo! News reported that Spitzer's ratings were barely adequate to keep the show on the air anyhow.
Current TV was recently purchased by Al-Jazeera. Prior to that transaction, Glenn Beck's "The Blaze" explored options to purchase the channel, but he was rejected by Current TV. The channel reportedly told "The Blaze," that " . . . the legacy of who the network goes to is important to us and we are sensitive to networks not aligned with our point of view." It may come as no surprise that Beck is "not aligned" with Current TV's "point of view," but it is shocking that the channel felt Al-Jazeera was a better fit. Glenn Beck was rejected by Current TV, but the channel accepted $500 million from Al-Jazeera. Of that whopping sum, Al Gore will receive $100 million.
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Eliot Spitzer is out of a job. His contract ended in November 2012, after the election. Plus, when Current TV makes its transition to Al-Jazeera America in a few months, his "Viewpoint" talk show is unlikely to make the cut. Spitzer acknowledged as much in The New York Times. He said, "Moving forward, their mission will be different." New host John Fugelsang is slated to begin immediately for an unspecified length of time.
Do you think a man like Eliot Spitzer will be out of a job for long? Your comments are welcome.