Allison Gollust, the CNN executive in a relationship with former community head Jeff Zucker, has resigned after an investigation discovered the duo – together with Chris Cuomo – violated firm insurance policies, in line with a memo from the corporate’s CEO.
The probe, carried out by a third-party legislation agency, examined “points related to Chris Cuomo and former Governor Andrew Cuomo,” in line with the letter despatched Tuesday from Jason Kilar, the boss of CNN’s mum or dad firm WarnerMedia.
“Primarily based on interviews of greater than 40 people and a overview of over 100,000 texts and emails, the investigation discovered violations of Firm insurance policies, together with CNN’s Information Requirements and Practices, by Jeff Zucker, Allison Gollust, and Chris Cuomo,” Kilar wrote within the memo.
Kilar mentioned the investigation kicked off in September and concluded final weekend.
“I notice this information is troubling, disappointing, and albeit, painful to learn. These are legitimate emotions a lot of you have got,” Kilar wrote.
Gollust blasted WarnerMedia’s resolution to publicly announce her resignation earlier than she had the possibility to share the information herself, in line with an announcement obtained by CNN.
She known as the corporate’s assertion “an try and retaliate towards me and alter the media narrative within the wake of their disastrous dealing with of the final two weeks.
“It’s deeply disappointing that after spending the previous 9 years defending and upholding CNN’s highest requirements of journalistic integrity, I might be handled this manner as I depart.”
Gollust’s departure got here after Zucker, 56, resigned in shame from his submit as CNN president earlier this month after acknowledging a years-long “consensual relationship” with Gollust, the community’s 49-year-old government vice chairman and chief advertising and marketing officer.
Each Gollust and Zucker had lived on the Higher East Facet condo constructing in models on separate flooring with their former spouses.
Sources have instructed Web page Six that Zucker moved Gollust into the constructing the place he lived together with his then-wife of 21 years, Caryn Zucker, earlier than the 2 divorced in 2019.
Zucker instructed colleagues in his resignation memo that the “consensual” romantic relationship with Gollust got here to mild throughout CNN’s probe into Chris Cuomo, who was fired from the community in December over his involvement in his older brother’s sexual harassment scandal.
Gollust and Zucker have labored collectively for about 20 years – predating their time collectively at CNN.
She has acknowledged that her connection to Zucker “modified” throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
However a number of sources have instructed The Submit that the duo’s romance dates again to their time collectively at NBC within the late Nineteen Nineties.
Zucker began working for CNN in 2010, and shortly introduced Gollust aboard the community after she hung out working for then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.