Jeff Zucker: CNN boss resigns after admitting relationship with colleague

CNN steps down after investigation into Chris Cuomo scandal reveals relationship with colleague Allison Gollust

Jeff Zucker: CNN boss resigns after admitting relationship with colleague
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CNN boss Jeff Zucker has sensationally resigned after admitting to a consensual relationship with colleague Allison Gollust.

The relationship came to light after an investigation into Mr Zucker’s handling of the Chris Cuomo scandal, Mr Zucker said in a letter to stunned employees at the network on Tuesday.

“As part of the investigation into Chris Cuomo’s tenure at CNN, I was asked about a consensual relationship with my closest colleague, someone I have worked with for more than 20 years,” Mr Zucker said.

“As a result, I am resigning today.”

Mr Zucker, 56, joined CNN in 2013 from NBC and was credited with driving the cable news network to ratings success in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

“Together we had nine great years. I certainly wish my tenure here had ended differently. But it was an amazing run. And I loved every minute.”

Ms Gollust, CNN’s chief marketing officer, wrote in a separate memo to staff that she would be remaining in her job.

“Jeff and I have been close friends and professional partners for over 20 years. Recently, our relationship changed during Covid.

“I regret that we didn’t disclose it at the right time. I’m incredibly proud of my time at CNN and look forward to continuing the great work we do everyday.”

Mr Zucker was married to former Saturday Night Live producer Caryn Nathanson from 1996 to 2019 and they have four children together.

CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter said the announcement had “stunned” staff.

Jason Kilar, the CEO of CNN parent WarnerMedia, thanked Mr Zucker and said he would soon be announcing an interim leadership plan.

“Both of these organizations are at the top of their respective games and are well prepared for their next chapters.”

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