CNN president resigns after undisclosed relationship with executive is discovered
NEW YORK (KLKN) – CNN president Jeff Zucker abruptly resigned Wednesday after failing to disclose his relationship with another executive at CNN to the company was revealed.
Zucker, 56, wrote in a memo to his co-workers that his relationship came up during a network investigation into the now-fired Chris Cuomo.
“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,” Zucker wrote. “I acknowledged the relationship evolved in recent years. I was required to disclose it when it began but I didn’t. I was wrong.”
Zucker’s relationship was with Allison Gollust, CNN’s executive president and chief marketing officer, who will remain at CNN.
“Jeff and I have been close friends and professional partners for over 20 years,” Gollust said in a statement. “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 every day.”
Zucker has been an industry leader since he was executive producer of the “Today” show in the 1990s.
WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar accepted Zucker’s resignation in a companywide memo.