CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker announced his resignation in an email to staff on Wednesday.
Zucker says he is resigning because he did not disclose a consensual relationship with a female colleague in a timely manner. Investigators asked Zucker about the relationship during a recent probe into former anchor Chris Cuomo.
Read Zucker’s full memo below:
As part of the investigation into Chris Cuomo’s tenure at CNN, I was asked about a consensual relationship with my closest colleague, someone 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.
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. 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.
With gratitude and much love.
Zucker did not give the name of his colleague/paramour, but CNN’s Brian Stelter reports that it’s Allison Gollust, the chief marketing officer for CNN. Gollust will remain at CNN.
“We will be announcing an interim leadership plan shortly,” says Jason Kilar, the CEO of CNN’s parent company WarnerMedia. “Both of these organizations are at the top of their respective games and are well prepared for their next chapters.”
Zucker’s resignation comes at a challenging time for CNN. WarnerMedia is merging with Discovery later this year. CNN is also in the process of launching its upcoming streaming service, CNN+, and trying out candidates to helm the 9 pm primetime hour.
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