For god's sake...can't you fall in love at work any more!
Jeff has been friends (close friends) with the Chief Marketing officer at CNN for 20 years. I'm sure her accent up the ladder was based entirely on her relationship with....oops, I meant had nothing to do with. I think it's romantic, especially given the op for the two to bond while CNN's ratings have nosed dive 50% (post Mr. Mean-Donald). Ergo, she probably needed a warm shoulder as their marketing plans went to sh-t.
Besides, Jeff has always been love struck at work. That's where he met his first wife Caryn (working at NBC). First pic below. All of us at the Spritzler Report want to wish Caryn, Allison and of course Jeff the best of luck in their future endeavours. I think Jeff would love it over at Fox News.
CNN President Jeff Zucker Resigns, Citing Relationship With Colleague
Network head disclosed relationship with executive Allison Gollust during CNN’s probe of former host Chris Cuomo
Jeff Zucker, left, and Allison Gollust, left,
with journalist Tom Brokaw at an awards ceremony in 2016.
By Benjamin Mullin, WSJ
Updated Feb. 2, 2022 12:57 pm ET
CNN President Jeff Zucker has resigned from the cable news network, citing his failure to disclose a consensual relationship with a close colleague, according to an email he sent to staff on Wednesday.
“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,” he wrote.
A triumvirate of CNN executives will lead the network on an interim basis, according to people familiar with the situation. Michael Bass, executive vice president of programming, Amy Entelis, executive vice president for talent, and executive vice president Ken Jautz will be in charge of CNN until a new executive is named, the people said.
The colleague Mr. Zucker referred to is Allison Gollust, an executive vice president and chief marketing officer at CNN, according to a person familiar with the matter. In a statement, Ms. Gollust said that she and Mr. Zucker have been friends for over 20 years and said that the relationship changed during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I regret that we didn’t disclose it at the right time,” Ms. Gollust said. “I’m incredibly proud of my time at CNN and look forward to continuing the great work we do everyday.”
‘I certainly wish my tenure here had ended differently,’ Jeff Zucker said in an email to staff.
PHOTO: MIKE COPPOLA/GETTY IMAGES
In his email to CNN employees, Mr. Zucker said his relationship with Ms. Gollust “evolved” in recent years. He said he was required to disclose it when it began, and was wrong not to do so.
Some senior executives at CNN didn’t see Mr. Zucker’s abrupt departure coming, a person familiar with the matter said. Top CNN executives, including Ms. Gollust and Mr. Bass, were scheduled to meet with WarnerMedia Chief Executive Jason Kilar Wednesday afternoon.
Mr. Zucker disclosed the relationship with Ms. Gollust to WarnerMedia, a unit of AT&T Inc., during an investigation into former CNN host Chris Cuomo, the person familiar with the matter said. Mr. Cuomo was fired by CNN in December after the investigation found he improperly helped his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, respond to accusations of sexual misconduct.
Mr. Zucker’s departure comes as AT&T is preparing to spin off CNN parent WarnerMedia and merge it with Discovery Inc. to form a new company, Warner Bros. Discovery. Mr. Zucker had indicated he planned to stay at CNN at least through the closing of the deal.
A former wunderkind producer of NBC’s “Today” show, Mr. Zucker rose through the media industry’s ranks over a three-decade-plus career. He became CEO of NBCUniversal, leaving after Comcast Corp. took control in 2011.
After joining CNN in 2013, Mr. Zucker quickly put his stamp on the network, reshuffling the anchor lineup and hiring journalists such as Jake Tapper, Alisyn Camerota, Mr. Cuomo and Brian Stelter. The network enjoyed a ratings surge during the Trump years, as Mr. Zucker steered coverage that was critical of the former president. More recently, CNN’s viewership has fallen off amid a wider decline in cable ratings.
As CNN’s business head and de facto programmer-in-chief, Mr. Zucker has been a hands-on leader, running daily news calls and spearheading contract negotiations with anchors. His departure leaves a hole at the network, which is preparing to launch an ambitious direct-to-consumer streaming service. In 2019, Mr. Zucker was promoted to take on oversight of WarnerMedia’s sports properties, in addition to his role at CNN.