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CNN Cancels 'Crossfire' Again

By    |   Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 05:49 PM

CNN has canceled its half-hour political debate program "Crossfire" one year after it was brought back after an eight-year absence, Mediabistro's TV Newser reports.

The new incarnation of "Crossfire" debuted in September 2013 with four hosts – two liberal and two conservative – who took turns debating along with political guests from each side of the aisle. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former MSNBC host S.E. Cupp represented the right, while former Obama administration officials Van Jones and Stephanie Cutter represented the left.

All four will remain with CNN as political commentators, according to TV Newser.

Gingrich did not immediately respond to a Newsmax query seeking confirmation, and the website The Wrap said CNN did not respond to its requests for comment.

TV Newser reported that some of the "Crossfire" staff already have been moved to other shows, while others are being encouraged to apply for open positions.

Some people on social media were surprised to learn "Crossfire" still existed:


They can be forgiven for that, since "Crossfire" has been largely off CNN's schedule ever since March 10 when the network began wall-to-wall coverage of the missing Malaysian airliner. It finally returned on April 30, but disappeared again when Flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine in the summer.

At one point, "Crossfire" changed the format slightly on certain days, using all four hosts in the same show without having guests from the left and right. Those shows more closely resembled Fox News Channel's "The Five," but did not garner ratings like "The Five," one of the top-rated shows on cable news.

In mid-July "Crossfire" was the lowest-rated show in all of cable news.

The original "Crossfire" aired on CNN from 1982 until 2005.

CNN also canceled "Sanjay Gupta MD," "CNN Money," and "Unguarded," The Wrap reported. A day earlier, it was reported that Christiane Amanpour's entire New York staff had been laid off.

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