Earlier today CNN President Jeff Zucker announced he was resigning.
The reason cited was him lying about an inappropriate relationship.
We now have more information.
It was Chris Cuomo’s legal team that raised issues with the relationship.
"Two sources with knowledge of the situation not authorized to speak publicly said that Cuomo’s legal team, which continues to negotiate his exit from the network, raised issues about the relationship between Zucker and Gollust." https://t.co/yzGOYPab3s
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) February 2, 2022
Though Zucker did not name the woman with whom he was having an affair, Allison Gollust, chief marketing officer at CNN, put out a separate statement acknowledging her role in it and confirming it was consensual. Gollust was briefly an aide to former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who resigned in August 2021 amid a flood of sexual harassment allegations. Months after Cuomo’s resignation, his brother Chris Cuomo was fired from CNN after it emerged he had privately helped the then-governor navigate the fallout of those charges.
In his memo, Zucker said he was asked about his relationship during an investigation into Chris Cuomo’s conduct. Two sources with knowledge of the situation not authorized to speak publicly said that Cuomo’s legal team, which continues to negotiate his exit from the network, raised issues about the relationship between Zucker and Gollust. Cuomo’s legal team asserted that Zucker was hypocritical to suggest Cuomo had a personal conflict of interest when the relationship with Gollust represented a potential conflict as well. Puck News’ Matt Belloni reported that CNN recently also received a letter from Cuomo’s lawyers demanding preservation of communications between Zucker, Gollust, and Cuomo.
Cuomo and his legal team did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
The news came as a shock to staffers at CNN, though there were signs in recent days that things were not quite normal at the top of the company. Multiple sources said Zucker, normally a hands-on leader who regularly emails and interacts with reporters and anchors at CNN, was not on the network’s daily morning editorial calls, which were led by executive vice president of programming Michael Bass.
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