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06/26/2013 01:54 pm ET Updated Aug 26, 2013

CNN's 'Crossfire' To Return Without Live Audience

CNN's soon-to-be relaunched "Crossfire" will take a page from the original version of show, which aired for 19 years without a live audience.

A CNN executive told HuffPost that there will be no live audience when "Crossfire" returns this fall, a departure from the show's final three years before being canceled in 2005. The new version will be broadcast from CNN's Washington studios.

Some former co-hosts should be pleased that the new "Crossfire" won't include audience members cheering for hosts like its a sporting event.

Conservative Pat Buchanan, a co-host from 1982 to 2000, told HuffPost in April that he supported bringing back "Crossfire" without a live audience. "People tend to play to it," Buchanan said. "It became less of the real back-and-forth, cross-examination."

And former liberal co-host Bill Press agreed, telling HuffPost in April that there was a "real Crossfire" -- without an audience -- and a "baby Crossfire" with one.

"Jon Stewart did not kill 'Crossfire.' CNN killed 'Crossfire,'" Press said. "They created this baby Crossfire, kiddie Crossfire, moved it to [George Washington University] and turned it into a gong show."

The new "Crossfire" will feature former House speaker and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, conservative columnist and MSNBC host S.E. Cupp, former Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter, and Rebuild the Dream founding president and former Obama White House official Van Jones.

The network has not yet announced the shows timeslot.