Allison Gollust, the chief advertising officer at CNN, has resigned from the community following a WarnerMedia investigation into “points related to Chris Cuomo and former Governor Andrew Cuomo,” in keeping with a memo from Jason Kilar, the corporate’s CEO.
“Carried out by a third-party legislation agency and led by a former federal decide, the investigation was complete and definitive. It was commissioned in September and concluded this weekend, which now permits me to share extra data with you,” Kilar mentioned. ” Primarily based on interviews of greater than 40 people and a evaluation of over 100,000 texts and emails, the investigation discovered violations of Firm insurance policies, together with CNN’s Information Requirements and Practices, by Jeff Zucker, Allison Gollust, and Chris Cuomo.”He added: “I notice this information is troubling, disappointing, and albeit, painful to learn. These are legitimate emotions lots of you’ve.” A spokesperson who has been representing Gollust couldn’t be reached for speedy remark.
Revelation of the small print of the investigation comes simply days after Zucker, previously CNN’s president, resigned abruptly, citing an undisclosed relationship with Gollust, a longtime lieutenant who additionally labored with him at NBCUniversal. And it provides a brand new aspect to life inside CNN, the place many high anchors and correspondents have come to Zucker’s protection, citing his assist for them throughout a roiling nine-year tenure that forged the community in a extra aggressive mild.
When Zucker stepped down, he cited an investigation into fired anchor Chris Cuomo that exposed he had not disclosed a consensual relationship with a colleague. And in doing so, he additionally revealed that Cuomo, a preferred anchor who as soon as commanded the 9 p.m. slot, was below scrutiny after being fired by Zucker final yr. In accordance with folks accustomed to the matter, Cuomo has been making an attempt to get a severance fee, and has employed Bryan Friedman, a California leisure legal professional who beforehand represented Megyn Kelly in her exit discussions with NBCUniversal. There have been allegations raised in that course of that Zucker and Gollust supplied recommendation to former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, brother of the anchor, in discussions about having him seem on CNN.
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