Stranded CNN President Jeff Zucker has been seen in New York for the first time since he left the network after failing to reveal his romance with another executive.
DailyMail.com spotted Zucker, 56, rushing into midtown Manhattan on Friday afternoon to buy pizza.
Dressed in a black puffer jacket and jeans, the former media executive seemed to be doing his best to remain unnoticed as he was driven from home to a restaurant in a black SUV.
Zucker rushed to get his order before quickly returning to the car. Later, he was again seen walking around the city.
Zucker, who has been president of CNN worldwide since 2013, left office with $6 million on Feb. 2 after admitting to employees that he violated the company’s Standards of Business Conduct when he failed to disclose his “consensual relationship” with Ellison. Hollast. , executive vice president and director of network marketing.
He has not commented on his departure, other than a resignation letter earlier this month in which he admitted he was “wrong” by not disclosing the relationship when it began.
Jeff Zucker has been seen in New York for the first time since he stepped down as head of CNN earlier this month after failing to reveal his romantic relationship with another employee.
On Friday afternoon, a media executive made a quick foray into town to pick up a pizza before being picked up by a car and returning straight home.
Dressed in a black puffer jacket and jeans, the former media executive appeared to be doing his best to remain unnoticed as he was driven from home to a restaurant in a black SUV.
Zucker has not appeared in public or commented on the scandal since announcing his resignation on February 2.
Hollast was also spotted Friday night at her Upper East Side apartment.
She confirmed the couple’s romance in a statement released to the New York Times earlier this month, saying she would continue to work on the network.
Zucker and 49-year-old Gollust worked together for 20 years. They claim their relationship became romantic during the pandemic, but others say it was long before COVID.
Media sources said the affair had been an “open secret” for more than 10 years, alleging that even doormen at their Manhattan apartment building tried to stop Allison and Zucker’s ex-wife from communicating.
Both Zucker and Gollust are divorced. Zucker and his wife Karin separated in 2018 and Gollust is believed to have separated from her husband Billy around the same time, if not earlier.
Zucker and Gollust lived in the same Upper East Side apartment building with their families until Jeff sold it in 2020 after he and ex-wife Karin Nathanson split up.
He lived in apartment 3W, while Allison lived in the apartment directly above him, which she still owns.
Later, Zucker was again seen walking around the city.
That Friday night, Allison Gollust was also spotted at her Upper East Side apartment building.
Zucker resigned two months after the CNN host Chris Cuomo scandal that shed light on his relationship with fellow executive Allison Gollust (right in 2011) – apparently an “open secret” on the network.
Sources also indicated that the couple were often seen together in public, even as Gollust continued to deny they were in a relationship and branded opposing comments as “sexist” and “offensive”.
Their secret relationship came to light when Zucker was interviewed as part of an investigation into fired CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who was fired as primetime anchor in December.
Cuomo was fired for improperly advising his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, on allegations of sexual harassment.
It has since emerged that Cuomo was the one who reported this to management.
Cuomo’s lawyers are said to have informed Jason Kilar, CEO of WarnerMedia, which is CNN’s parent company, about the matter. He then reported this to AT&T boss John Stankey.
Meanwhile, Cuomo, 51, was photographed relaxing at a posh Palm Beach hotel over the weekend after CNN agreed to pay him half of his $18 million contract after he was fired.
Cuomo fought for the seven-figure payout he claimed remained in his contract and insisted that he should not have been fired for any conflict or breach of company protocol when Zucker and Gollust had their own conflict.
Zucker and Gollust, 49, say their relationship became romantic during the pandemic, but others say it was long before COVID hit. They are pictured above at the 2019 Democratic Party presidential debate.
Sources note that the couple were often seen together in public, despite Gollust continuing to deny they were in a relationship.
Zucker with his ex-wife Karin in 2011 (left) and Gollust with his ex-husband Billy Hult (right) in 2008. The couple know each other and have been working together for 20 years since ABC, and media sources are talking about their romance. was an “open secret”
Zucker’s exit on Friday was a follow-up to his departure, and Cuomo’s apparent involvement continues to haunt the net.
CNN top stars Caitlan Collins, Jake Tapper, Dana Bash, Jim Acosta and Alysin Camerota are furious that their favorite leader has been kicked out.
The employees wonder why Zucker was forced to leave because of this affair, which has been an open secret for years.
Media insiders have speculated that the AT&T deal may have been one of the reasons he left.
Last week, some of CNN’s most prominent anchors interrogated Kilar about the decision in a virtual meeting.
Richard Quest, host of CNN International’s Quest Means Business daily, told Kilar on Monday: “There was the possibility of a more original outcome that would allow you to keep the captain instead of throwing the captain overboard while the ship is about to go through the icebergs.
Meanwhile, hosts Don Lemon and Oliver Darcy questioned Kilar, 50, about whether former host Chris Cuomo would receive a severance package from CNN.
“Have you thought about the message that this sends to journalists at the company, as well as to the general public, that it is possible to find someone who breaks these journalistic standards and then get paid decently for it,” Lemon Kilara reportedly asked.
Zucker’s indiscretion was exposed in an ongoing internal investigation into former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo (right), who was fired in December after it was revealed he helped coordinate his brother’s media strategy, former New York Gov. after being accused of sexual harassment in the New York Attorney General’s report
Former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was spotted Sunday afternoon at a luxury hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.
WarnerMedia’s CEO declined to answer questions about Cuomo’s $9 million severance package, even though Zucker had previously said Cuomo would not receive it.
AT&T, the parent company of CNN, is said to be in talks to strike a deal that would see the fired host receive half of the $18 million he fought for before Zucker’s unexpected resignation, the New York Post first reported.
The fired CNN anchor, who was hoping to receive a lump sum after he left last year, has reportedly been ordered to scale back his plans as he is unlikely to receive anything more than about $9 million from the cable news network.
During Monday’s meeting, Kilar also declined to say whether he had asked for Zucker’s “resignation”, according to Washington Post reporter Jeremy Barr.
There are also growing speculations about whether Zucker was forced out of CNN because of his public affair because the scandal surrounding him and his ongoing war with Cuomo could have jeopardized AT&T’s $43 billion deal with Discovery.
WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar was questioned by CNN anchors in New York during a virtual meeting on Monday to discuss the firing of CNN President Jeff Zucker.
AT&T bought WarnerMedia (formerly Time Warner) in 2018 for $84 billion. It was a disastrous deal that the telecommunications giant had been trying to spin for years.
Finally, it is currently in the final stages of a $43 billion sale by WarnerMedia to Discovery.
According to Puck Media reporter Dylan Byers, Zucker and Gollust were to take on senior positions at the new company under Discovery CEO David Zaslav.
Byers writes that it is likely that Stankey insisted on Zucker’s departure upon learning of this. By getting rid of Cuomo, AT&T also doesn’t have to pay Chris Cuomo the $18 million he claims he’s entitled to.