CNN giving Van Jones his own show, starting January

Van Jones, who serves as a political commentator for CNN and has hosted several town halls for the network this year, will have his own, twice-a month show for the network. The Van Jones Show will debut in January 2018.

The show will have a live studio audience and will run for an hour in primetime. The network is not providing any further programming details at this time.

The network also announced the development of a new original series in partnership with Jones' production company.

Jones briefly served as former President Barack Obama's "green jobs czar" before resigning under pressure from Glenn Beck and others in conservative media for his past statements.

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MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 19: Van Jones attends 2017 Miami Book Fair on November 19, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 19: Van Jones attends The Miami Book Fair at Miami Dade College Wolfson - Chapman Conference Center on November 19, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/WireImage)
CAMBRIDGE, MA - OCTOBER 13: CNN Political Correspondent Van Jones speaks at Harvard University John F. Kennedy Junior Forum on 'Love and Resistance: Van Jones on his Progressive Path Forward' moderated by David Gergen on October 13, 2017 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Van Jones visits at SiriusXM Studios on October 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Jason Ritter, Kelly Pickler and Ben Aaron are guests on 'Good Morning America,' on Monday, October 9, 2017, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) DAVID MUIR, VAN JONES
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Author and CNN Commentator Van Jones speaks onstage during the 2017 New Yorker TechFest at Cedar Lake on October 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for The New Yorker)
SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Van Jones (L) and Russell Simmons arrive for the 27th Annual EMA Awards at Barker Hangar on September 23, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Van Jones arrives for the 27th Annual EMA Awards at Barker Hangar on September 23, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Van Jones celebrates achievements in the LGBTQ community at the GLAAD Gala San Francisco, in partnership with LGBTQ ally, Ketel One Vodka at City View at Metreon on September 9, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Miikka Skaffari/Getty Images for Ketel One Vodka)
SACRAMENTO, CA - AUGUST 21: Author Van Jones speaks during the Imagine Justice concert at Capitol Mall on August 21, 2017 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 17: Social activist and news commentator Van Jones speaks on stage during the Van Jones We Rise Tour at Saenger Theatre on August 17, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 26: Van Jones speaks during his VAN JONES WE RISE TOUR powered by #LoveArmy at Hollywood Palladium on July 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Roc Nation)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 22: Van Jones attends OZY FEST 2017 Presented By OZY.com at Rumsey Playfield on July 22, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Ozy Fusion Fest 2017)
ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 03: Van Jones attends the 2017 Andrew Young International Leadership awards and 85th Birthday tribute at Philips Arena on June 3, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Prince Williams/Filmmagic)
ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 03: Van Jones onstage at 2017 Andrew Young International Leadership Awards and 85th Birthday Tribute at Philips Arena on June 3, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
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More recently, he was targeted by conservative provocateur James O'Keefe's Project Veritas organization. A video released by the group in late June showed Jones saying that the notion of Russian meddling in American elections was "a big nothingburger."

Jones also gained some notoriety for his comments in the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump's election, which he called a "whitelash."

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