Details on Jeff Zucker’s Relationship With Colleague

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CNN president Jeff Zucker announced his resignation in an email to staff on Wednesday, after he failed to disclose a consensual relationship with a female colleague in a timely manner.

The woman with whom he has been having an affair is Allison Gollust, the chief marketing officer for CNN, who will remain with the network. According to Radar Online, Zucker and Gollust have been involved in a clandestine romance that dates back years. Radar obtained a photo of Zucker and Gollust together at a sporting event, but did not report the event’s date:

The affair began while each was still married — Zucker to wife Caryn and Gollust to husband Billy.

“It’s believed the scandal cost each of them their marriages,” the report says.

Moreover, Gollust once worked as former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s communications director.

What does it all mean? Zucker resigned after investigators asked him about his relationship with Gollust during a recent probe into former anchor Chris Cuomo. In December, Zucker fired Cuomo, in part for not disclosing the extent to which he advised his brother Andrew during allegations of sexual misconduct.

“Rumor mongers inside CNN headquarters told us that her past job with the ex-politician and alleged romantic relationship with Zucker likely explain why the now-ex-prez initially protected the embattled brothers.”

So Zucker was sleeping with Gollust, a former employee of Andrew Cuomo, while paying Chris, who was aiding Andrew, to protect Andrew from unfavorable coverage at the news network he ran. Got all of that?

Perhaps that explains why CNN would not cover Andrew Cuomo’s nursing home scandal until other outlets had already reported it. That, and the fact that CNN is overtly partisan and shameless.

Chris Cuomo could also be the one who put the Zucker resignation into motion. According to reporter Matthew Belloni, Chris Cuomo’s lawyers recently sent CNN a litigation hold letter demanding “preservation of all communications between Zucker, comms chief Allison Gollust, and Andrew Cuomo.” So Zucker may have resigned to get out ahead of any scandals that such “communications” might reveal.

“People inside the building already have busy thumbs and there’s much more to this Zucker story that goes well beyond a consensual relationship with a colleague,” Fox News’ Joe Conchas tweets. “A few folks close to the former CNN president should be very nervous right now.”

So this story isn’t over. Stories like this never are.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack is a writer for OutKick where he reports and analyzes the latest media topics as well as trending sports, cultural and political stories.

Burack has become a prominent voice in media and has been featured on several shows across OutKick and industry related podcast and radio stations.

Previously, Burack was a writer at The Big Lead where he covered similar topics. He also hosted an eponymous podcast where he interviewed several personalities such as Joe Tessitore, and Adam Schefter.


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  1. I think that whole crowd just rounds up after work, bucks down, oils up and piles up in a big ol’ heap and fux, sux and chux till the sun comes up. Unfortunately, the news gets lost somewhere in that greasy mosh pit

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