According to The Washington Examiner, former CNN President Jeff Zucker mistress Allison Gollust has resigned from the network and her role as chief marketing officer as a consequence of a third-party probe.
Following an investigation into Gollust’s ethical transgressions as a result of her relationship with Zucker while at CNN, WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar announced Gollust’s departure on Tuesday.
The memo was shared by CNN Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter on Twitter who stated, “Brand new memo from Jason Kilar: ‘The investigation found violations of Company policies, including CNN’s News Standards and Practices, by Jeff Zucker, Allison Gollust, and Chris Cuomo.'”
Brand new memo from Jason Kilar: “The investigation found violations of Company policies, including CNN’s News Standards and Practices, by Jeff Zucker, Allison Gollust, and Chris Cuomo.” pic.twitter.com/Xu1HQJw9cT
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 16, 2022
Gollust apologized to her CNN coworkers for finding out about her resignation from someone other than herself, claiming that Warner Media lied to her when they told her she could announce her own leaving.
“WarnerMedia’s statement tonight is an attempt to retaliate against me and change the media narrative in the wake of their disastrous handling of the past two weeks,” she wrote in the statement obtained by Daily Beast editor Lachlan Cartwright.
“It is deeply disappointing that after spending the last nine years defending and upholding CNN’s highest standards of journalistic integrity, I would be treated this way as I leave.”
Below is the letter Allison Gollust sent to her CNN colleagues regarding her resignation, obtained by @LachCartwright
To say she goes scorched earth would be an understatement. pic.twitter.com/WfKVwbJRR6
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) February 16, 2022
Zucker resigned when it was revealed that he was having an affair with Gollust at the time he fired former CNN anchor Christ Cuomo, who was fired in part because of sexual harassment claims. During his severance negotiations, Cuomo is said to have brought up the “open affair” between Gollust and Zucker.