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Jeff Zucker, President Of CNN, Resigns Over Failure To Disclose His Relationship With Colleague Allison Gollust

Jeff Zucker announced Wednesday that he was resigning from his post for failing to disclose his relationship to the executive vice president and chief marketing officer for CNN Worldwide.

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In his resignation memo, Zucker said he was stepping down from the cable news network after failing to disclose his relationship with top executive Allison Gollust. "I acknowledged the relationship evolved in recent years," he said. "I was required to disclose it when it began but I didn't. I was wrong. As a result, I am resigning today." He doesn't name Gollust in the memo itself, but the New York Times has identified her.

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  • Zucker became president of CNN Worldwide in 2013. Per Anderson Cooper, he was "the first CNN president to actually watch CNN." He was previously president and CEO of NBC Universal.
  • Gollust told the NYT, "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."
  • In his resignation memo, Zucker said, "I certainly wish my tenure here had ended differently. But it was an amazing run."

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