Eliot Spitzer's parting message

The former New York governor quotes Teddy Roosevelt in the final segment of his canceled CNN show

By Natasha Lennard

Published July 7, 2011 11:08AM (EDT)

The media learned Wednesday afternoon that Eliot Spitzer's evening talk show, 'In the Arena' was being canceled. Spitzer signed off for the last time Wednesday night, using the final minutes of his show to read the quotation from Theodore Roosevelt whence his CNN show took its name. He read:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

It's unclear what the former New York governor's next move will be. CNN say he will stay with the network, but he is reportedly looking elsewhere.

Watch Spitzer's sign off here, via CNN:

Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

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