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CNN boss Jeff Zucker resigns, says he failed to disclose office relationship

Jeff Zucker, President of CNN, was interviewed during a Financial Times Future of News event March 22, 2018 in New York.

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CNN President Jeff Zucker resigned Wednesday after revealing he failed to disclose what he called a “consensual relationship with my closest colleague” during a probe of former network host Chris Cuomo.

“I was required to disclose it when it began, but I did not,” Zucker said in a statement about that relationship, with the unidentified woman with whom he had worked for more than 20 years.

“I was wrong.”

“As a result, I am resigning today,” he said.

CNN declined to comment when contacted by CNBC.

The New York Times identified the woman as Allison Gollust, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for CNN Worldwide.

Gollust previously served as communications director for former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is the older brother of Chris Cuomo.

In a statement to The Times, Gollust said, “Jeff and I have been close friends and professional partners for over 20 years.”

“Recently, our relationship changed during Covid. I regret that we did not 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,” Gollust said.

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