CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist explained to Access Atlanta why Crossfire will be resurrected at the network without a live audience:
He said he isn't sure whether the show will be 30 minute or an hour but it will be shot in studio without an audience. An audience, he said, might cause some guests and panelists to play to the crowd instead of sticking to their convictions. ("Crossfire" used a live studio audience near the end of its life on TV.)
A release from CNN Wednesday confirmed that Crossfire will return after it ended seven years ago. Co-hosts for the show will be conservative commentator S.E. Cupp, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, liberal pundit Van Jones and Stephanie Cutter, former deputy campaign manager to the Obama 2012 reelection campaign.