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CNN's Bob Costas refuses to host show about Natalee Holloway

(NY-AP) August 19, 2005 - The story of a missing Alabama teenager in Aruba had CNN searching for a plan-'C' last night.

Bob Costas, the occasional fill-in on the network's "Larry King Live," refused to anchor Thursday night's show because it was primarily about the search for Natalee Holloway.

Costas has released a statement saying that he suggested alternatives for the show, but that "producers preferred the topics they had chosen." His manager would not say what Costas didn't like about the topic.

The show's senior executive producer says that Costas was uncomfortable with the subject matter, and that the decision was mutual because of that.

Chris Pixley had to fill in at the last minute on a show where seven of the ten guests talked about the missing girl.

Posted 5:56pm by Bryce Mursch

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