CNN president Jeff Zucker abruptly resigned on Wednesday after failing to disclose a romantic relationship with a subordinate.
The relationship, which appears to have been an open secret that may have precipitated Zucker’s divorce, was uncovered as part of the company’s internal review of disgraced former anchor Chris Cuomo’s tenure at the scandal-plagued network.
In an email to CNN staff, Zucker acknowledged a “consensual relationship” with executive Allison Gollust, who was Zucker’s “key lieutenant for the last two decades,” according to the network’s media desk. Gollust was one of the first people Zucker hired upon joining CNN in 2013 and also worked with Zucker at NBC for nearly 15 years. Zucker’s former colleague, Katie Couric, discussed the unusually close relationship in her 2021 memoir, Going There.