CNN Executive Vice President and CMO Allison Gollust resigns after internal investigation of ‘inappropriate relationship’ with former President Jeff Zucker as fallout from Chris Cuomo’s firing continues
Allison Gollust resigned as CNN’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer months after an internal investigation into her inappropriate open affair with former president Jeff Zucker.
The 49-year-old left the network after investigating “issues involving Chris Cuomo and former Gov. Andrew Cuomo,” according to a memo from company CEO Jason Kilar.
The couple’s relationship was exposed during an internal investigation into inappropriate relationships after Chris Cuomo was fired from the network in December.
Earlier this month, Zucker said he was leaving for violating corporate policy by not disclosing the nature of his relationship with Gollust, but Kilar reportedly left him no choice, calling the change a decision.
Hollast and Zucker worked together for 20 years. The couple claims their relationship became romantic during the pandemic, but others say it happened long before COVID and was public knowledge for eight years.
Former CNN employees have suggested that Zucker’s relationship with Gollust has been an “open secret” for years.
The pair were spotted at a Billy Joel concert last November, where they were called out for violating mask rules. Don Lemon could also be seen during the concert, standing in the back row.
After the news broke last week, CNN host Alisyn Camerota came to Zucker and Gollust’s defense, saying there was nothing wrong with their relationship because they were both “bosses.”
CNN stepped in after it emerged that the governor’s brother, Chris Cuomo, was using his media influence to help the governor deal with the allegations.
Gollust, who previously served as Governor Cuomo’s communications director, played a “major role” in bringing the Cuomo brothers online in the early stages of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.
Along with Zucker, she lobbied for Andrew Cuomo to appear on their network, violating company policy and questioning their own condemnation of Chris Cuomo’s actions.
The couple contacted the then New York governor directly to try to convince him to appear on his brother Chris Cuomo’s show during the pandemic despite brotherly interviews breaking journalistic protocols.
When Cuomo’s team refused, they approached directly.
Sources also say Cuomo planned to file a lawsuit that would detail how Zucker and Gov. Andrew Cuomo had a much deeper relationship than has ever been previously explained.
One claim suggests that the disgraced governor received a one-to-one coaching for his popular pandemic press conferences from Zucker and Gollust.
Zucker and Gollust, 49 (pictured in 2019), have worked together for 20 years. They claim their relationship became romantic during the pandemic, but others say it was long before COVID.