Jeff Zucker announced on Wednesday that he would step down from his position as president of CNN after revelations that he had been in “a consensual relationship” with another senior executive at the station. News of this resignation prompted former President and longtime critic of CNN Donald Trump to provide a statement blasting the now-disgraced former CNN boss.
“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,” Zucker wrote. “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,” he 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 of it.”
“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.”
“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!” Trump enthused.
Brian Stelter of CNN read a statement from Allison Gollust, the colleague who was having a consensual relationship with Jeff Zucker, which read; Jeff and I have been close friends and professional partners for 20 years. Recently our relationship changed during Covid. I regret that we didn’t disclose it at the right time.”
WATCH: Brian Stelter takes over CNN’s Kate Bolduan’s show to go into damage control over the resignation of CNN President Jeff Zucker and she looks super annoyed
I think that’s everyone’s reaction listening to Brian Stelter 🤡 pic.twitter.com/T88xlhcZE4
— Drew Hernandez (@DrewHLive) February 2, 2022
Trump and Zucker have had public feuds in the past. In 2015, then-CNN president Zucker dismissed Trump as a “sideshow” when asked about his presidential big in 2015. Zucker would later turn to give Trump significant air time in the 2016 election. Zucker even compared Trump coverage to sports coverage, saying “The idea that politics is sport is undeniable, and we understood that and approached it that way.”