The Daily Caller reported last month that CNN had started dumping its “Crossfire” staff, a show that had been off the air for months, on an “extended hiatus.” Well, the second shoe finally dropped, as CNN definitively announced today that the show had been cancelled.
Media Bistro, which first reported the story, is also reporting that all four hosts (S.E. Cupp, Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones) will remain at the network as political commentators. The show’s staff is being “encouraged to apply for open jobs,” which would likely be difficult given that CNN is laying off staff left and right at the moment.
This is, of course, the second iteration of “Crossfire.” The original “Crossfire” lasted from 1982 to 2005, and featured hosts such as Pat Buchanan, Tom Braden, Bob Beckel, Robert Novak, Michael Kinsley, John Sununu, Tony Snow, Lynne Cheney, Geraldine Ferraro, Bill Press, Mary Matalin, Paul Begala, James Carville, and no one else of note.
Other CNN programs getting the ax include “Sanjay Gupta, MD,” “CNN Money,” and “Unguarded.”