TheBlaze’s S.E. Cupp is heading to CNN to co-host a reboot of the political debate show “Crossfire” premiering in the fall, the network announced Wednesday.
Joining Cupp as co-hosts will be former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former Obama administration green jobs czar Van Jones and Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter.
“It’s really exciting, it’s thrilling and humbling and sort of intimidating to be part of the effort to bring back such an iconic brand like ‘Crossfire,’” Cupp said. “I grew up watching ‘Crossfire,’ I have friends who were on ‘Crossfire,’ so with that comes a lot of excitement from fans of the show and, I’m aware, probably a lot of scrutiny from fans of the show, but really looking forward to reviving the ethos of that show and putting a fresh spin on it.”
“Crossfire” first aired from 1982 to 2005 where conservatives and liberals squared off against each other. As far as her new co-hosts, Cupp said she’s “kind of in the audience’s position” on how things will unfold.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen. I know that I’m going to agree and disagree with my colleagues at times, and at times I think I’ll be surprised to learn who I have the most disagreement with and the most agreement with,” she said. “We’ll bring our own personalities and our own nuances to the show. People still want to debate, they want a smart, nuanced debate, they want hosts who get them and who don’t take themselves too seriously.”
“I didn’t want to sign on to do a cat fight kind of show,” she added. “That is not interesting to me and the audience is smarter than that.”
Cupp will be a consistent contributor to TheBlaze TV’s “Real News” from Washington though no longer a regular host. She will no longer co-host MSNBC’s “The Cycle.”
“We are very proud of S.E. and thrilled she will help us christen our new Washington, D.C. bureau in the coming weeks and continue to be a force on ‘Real News’ and the network at large,” TheBlaze President of Content Joel Cheatwood said.
CNN President Jeff Zucker said in a statement that the new “Crossfire” will be the “forum where America holds its great debates.”
“Few programs in the history of CNN have had the kind of impact on political discourse that ‘Crossfire’ did – it was a terrific program then, and we believe the time is right to bring it back and do it again,” Zucker said. “We look forward to the opportunity to host passionate conversation from all sides of the political spectrum. ‘Crossfire’ will be the forum where America holds its great debates.”