The investigation into disgraced CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has led to the sudden and dramatic resignation of the left-leaning network’s President, Jeff Zucker.

“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. I acknowledged the relationship evolved in recent years. I was required to disclose it when it began, but I didn’t. I was wrong. As a result, I am resigning today,” Zucker wrote in a memo to staffers shared by CNN’s own media correspondent Brian Stelter. 

“I came to CNN on January 28, 2013. 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,” Zucker continued. “I am grateful to the thousands of incredibly talented CNN and Turner Sports employees who helped make this such a joy for me and such a success for all of us. I wish each of you nothing but the best in the years ahead.”

Under Zucker, CNN has recently been plagued by scandals, embarrassing headlines, and struggles to attract an audience, leading critics to wonder if he would be shown the door once a planned merger between WarnerMedia and Discovery is finalized later this year. However, the sudden resignation before the potential deal was finalized sent shock waves across the media industry.

Zucker’s relationship was with CNN marketing chief Allison Gollust, with who the now-former CNN boss has long been speculated to have a relationship. Gollust will remain at CNN, according to Stelter, which according to reporting by the NY Post, has infuriated fellow staffers who believe she, too, should have been fired or forced to resign for her part in the affair.

Female employees in particular at the liberal network are furious that Gollust is keeping her job after “lying” about her affair with newly resigned CEO Jeff Zucker “for years,” sources told The Post. 

“Why is she allowed to keep her job?” a CNN insider railed. 

“CNN is supposed to be a transparent news network. How does she get away with lying about their affair for so long?” 

Gollust released a statement shortly after Zucker’s announcement saying that she and Zucker had been professional colleagues for over 20 years, but their relationship “changed during COVID.” 

Gollust was appointed as former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s communications director in 2012 before joining Zucker at CNN four months later. She became close to Zucker during a 15-year tenure at NBC before joining the Cuomo administration and was once even floated as a candidate to eventually replace Zucker atop the liberal network.

In the wake of Zucker’s departure and pending the WarnerMedia merger, Stelter said that  CNN executives Michael Bass, Amy Entelis, and Ken Jautz will lead the network on an interim basis.

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