Allison Gollust, the CNN government who’s in a relationship with former CNN President Jeff Zucker, has resigned from the corporate simply weeks after he left, the community mentioned on Feb. 15.
Jason Kilar, the CEO of the community’s father or mother firm WarnerMedia, introduced Gollust’s resignation in a memo to employees on Tuesday night.
Kilar mentioned the chief’s resignation got here following an investigation “into issues associated with” former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo and his brother, the previous New York governor, Andrew Cuomo.
Chris Cuomo was fired from the community in December 2021, after almost eight years.
His termination got here following an investigation into his conduct over supplies that recommended he was extra concerned in defending his brother towards accusations of sexual abuse and harassment final 12 months.
Andrew Cuomo denied the accusations, however he resigned in August 2021 after an investigation led by New York Attorney General Letitia James’s workplace discovered that he had sexually harassed 11 ladies.
“Earlier today Allison Gollust resigned from CNN following the conclusion of the company’s investigation into issues associated with Chris Cuomo and former Governor Andrew Cuomo,” Kilar mentioned within the memo.
“Based on interviews of more than 40 individuals and a review of over 100,000 texts and emails, the investigation found violations of company policies, including CNN’s news standards and practices, by Jeff Zucker, Allison Gollust, and Chris Cuomo,” Kilar wrote.
The WarnerMedia CEO went on to state that CNN has the “highest standards of journalistic integrity” and that these guidelines “apply to everyone equally.”
“Given the information provided to me in the investigation, I strongly believe we have taken the right actions and the right decisions have been made,” he added.
The announcement relating to Gollust’s resignation comes simply weeks after CNN President Jeff Zucker abruptly resigned on Feb. 2 following the fallout from the investigation into Chris Cuomo.
Zucker, who’s the chairman of WarnerMedia’s information and sports activities division, informed staff that he was requested about his relationship with Gollust as a part of the probe into Cuomo’s time at CNN.
“I was required to disclose it when it began but I didn’t. I was wrong,” Zucker wrote in a memo. “As a result, I am resigning today.”
Gollust launched a remark addressing her exit Tuesday evening saying she was “disappointed” with WarnerMedia’s actions.
“I had hoped to share my news with you tonight myself, and WarnerMedia had assured me I could do that. Unfortunately, they jumped the gun, breaking their promise. I am sorry you had to learn this from someone other than me,” Gollust started in her message, revealed by Puck reporter Dylan Byers.
She additionally referred to as WarnerMedia’s assertion “an attempt to retaliate against me and change the media narrative in the wake of their disastrous handling of the last two weeks.”
“It is deeply disappointing that after spending the past nine years defending and upholding CNN’s highest standards of journalistic integrity, I would be treated this way as I leave. But I do so with my head held high, knowing that I gave my heart and soul to working with the finest journalists in the world,” she added.
CNN retained third-party legislation agency Cravath to evaluate Chris Cuomo’s conduct relating to his brother’s brother’s sexual harassment scandal. That legislation agency, CNN mentioned, decided the community had grounds to terminate him.
Earlier this month, a fifth prosecutor declined to pursue fees towards Andrew Cuomo however urged lawmakers to vary intercourse offense legal guidelines.
The choice by Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes brings to an finish the final of 5 prison probes into the disgraced former governor relating to allegations of sexual misconduct.
CNN has fired or compelled out a number of staff accused of improper habits, together with a number of producers charged or accused of unlawful conduct associated to minors in recent times.