45th President Donald J. Trump issued an email statement on Wednesday from his “Save America” PAC, celebrating the resignation of CNN president Jeff Zucker, who he called a “world-class sleazebag”.
Zucker issued a memo to CNN staff on Wednesday, announcing his immediate departure and said he’s resigning for not disclosing a consensual relationship with a colleague.
“As part of the investigation into Chris Cuomo’s tenure at CNN, I was asked about a consensual relationship with my closest colleague, someone I have worked with for more than 20 years. I acknowledged the relationship evolved in recent years. I was required to disclose it when it began but I didn’t. I was wrong. As a result, I am resigning today,” Jeff Zucker wrote.
“I came to CNN on January 28, 2013. Together, we had nine great years. I certainly wish my tenure here had ended differently. But it was an amazing run. And I loved every minute,” Zucker said. “I am grateful to the thousands of incredibly talented CNN and Turner Sports employees who helped make this such a joy for me, and such a success for all of us. I wish each of you nothing but the best in the years ahead.”
CNN’s media correspondent Brian Stelter acknowledged that the colleague Zucker in question was Allison Gollust, CNN’s chief marketing officer, who will remain with the company.
Gollust said in a statement, “Jeff and I have been close friends and professional partners for over 20 years. Recently, our relationship changed during COVID. I regret that we didn’t disclose it at the right time. I’m incredibly proud of my time at CNN and look forward to continuing the great work we do everyday.” Continued Below
In an email statement on Wednesday, President Trump reacted to Zucker’s sudden exit from CNN:
Jeff Zucker, a world-class sleazebag who has headed ratings and real-news-challenged CNN for far too long, has been terminated for numerous reasons, but predominantly because CNN has lost its way with viewers and everybody else.
Now is a chance to put Fake News in the backseat because there may not be anything more important than straightening out the horrendous LameStream Media in our Country, and in the case of CNN, throughout the World. Jeff Zucker is gone—congratulations to all! Continued Below
WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar said in a companywide memo that he accepted Zucker’s resignation and that he’ll announce an interim leadership plan soon, ABC News reported.
Liz Harrington, Trump’s spokesperson, tweeted a screenshot of his email statement:
chance to put Fake News in the backseat because there may not be anything more important than straightening out the horrendous LameStream Media in our Country, and in the case of CNN, throughout the World. Jeff Zucker is gone—congratulations to all!"
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) February 2, 2022
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