Allison Gollust, CNN’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer, resigned Tuesday night after a WarnerMedia memo was made public that linked her as one of the leftist network’s “senior figures” who had violated its journalistic standards and practices.
The memo, written by WarnerMedia chief Jason Kilar, discusses an investigation that was opened in September regarding issues associated with Chris Cuomo and former Gov. Andrew Cuomo and concluded this weekend.
“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’s missive reads.
Scandals at CNN before the merger
Zucker, who served as CNN president until early February, fired his friend Cuomo in December for using the media to help his brother, the former New York governor, evade sexual harassment allegations.
Then, in early February, Zucker was forced to resign after acknowledging that he had failed to disclose a romantic relationship with Gollust, as required by company policy.
The Cuomo and Zucker scandals rocked CNN just as the network and its parent company are about to be taken over by new owners in Discovery Inc.
Kilar named three CNN executives, Michael Bass, Amy Entelis, and Ken Jautz, as interim replacements for Zucker, and they will remain in place until Discovery’s merger with WarnerMedia is completed this spring.