President Donald Trump has celebrated the news that CNN’s anti-Trump boss Jeff Zucker is resigning from the network, effectively immediately.
Zucker announced his resignation today after investigators uncovered his relationship with a top executive.
The investigators were apparently looking into the Chris Cuomo scandal and found another one at the top of CNN as well.
Trump said: “Jeff Zucker, a world-class sleazebag who has headed ratings and real-news-challenged CNN for far too long, has been terminated for numerous reasons, but predominantly because CNN has lost its way with viewers and everybody else.
“Now is a chance to put Fake News in the backseat because there may not be anything more important than straightening out the horrendous LameStream Media in our Country, and in the case of CNN, throughout the World. Jeff Zucker is gone—congratulations to all!”
“Jeff Zucker is gone—congratulations to all!”
FULL STATEMENT: pic.twitter.com/1WBsYaXdDt
— Natalie Harp (@NatalieJHarp) February 2, 2022
CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker announced today that he is resigning effective immediately. Zucker said:
“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.
In an email to staffers sent shortly after Zucker’s, Jason Kilar, the CEO of CNN parent WarnerMedia, said:
“I have accepted Jeff Zucker’s resignation as Chairman of WarnerMedia News and Sports, and President of CNN Worldwide. We thank Jeff for his contributions over the past 9 years.”
“We will be announcing an interim leadership plan shortly. Both of these organizations are at the top of their respective games and are well prepared for their next chapters.”
Zucker did not name his colleague in the memo, but media reports said the relationship is with Allison Gollust, the chief marketing officer for CNN. Gollust is remaining at CNN.
In a statement, Gollust said:
“Jeff and I have been close friends and professional partners for over 20 years.
“Recently, our relationship changed during Covid.
“I regret that we didn’t disclose it at the right time. I’m incredibly proud of my time at CNN and look forward to continuing the great work we do everyday,” Gollust said.
Zucker did not name his colleague in the memo, but the relationship is with Allison Gollust, the chief marketing officer for CNN. Gollust is remaining at CNN. https://t.co/leQjFGOtmi
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 2, 2022