Jeff Zucker, CNN Worldwide president, resigned today, effective immediately, due to a “consensual relationship with a colleague,” according to his memo.
That colleague is Allison Gollust, CMO for CNN.
“Jeff and I have been close friends and professional partners for over 20 years,” she said in a memo. “Recently, our relationship changed during COVID. I regret that we didn't disclose it at the right time.”
Gollust is “incredibly proud of my time at CNN and look forward to continuing the great work we do everyday."
Zucker says he was asked about the relationship during the investigation into Chris Cuomo’s tenure at CNN. Though he was required to report the relationship, he failed to do so.
Jason Kilar, the CEO of CNN parent WarnerMedia, accepted Zucker’s resignation and said a search for his replacement will soon begin.
WarnerMedia is merging with Discovery.