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Disgraced former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has gone from the network’s primetime face to a figure who is despised and loathed after another top management figure has become collateral damage as a result of his unethical conduct regarding his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The latest casualty that can be attributed to Cuomo is Allison Gollust, the girlfriend of former network head Jeff Zucker who resigned under pressure this week, following her lover out the door as a result of an investigation into “Fredo” and his abuse of his position on behalf of his older sibling.
In a Tuesday memo, WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar informed the network’s staff of her departure, saying, “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,” according to Fox News.
“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,” he wrote.
Zucker stepped down earlier this month over the undisclosed “consensual relationship” with Gollust who was described as “his key lieutenant for the last two decades” by CNN personalities Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy.
The damage wrought by Cuomo hasn’t sat well with his former co-workers, many of whom were quoted in a Fox News report on the chaos at the self-proclaimed “most trusted name in news” and the atmosphere of ugliness that exists among staffers.
“It is extremely upsetting,” a CNN insider told Fox News Digital. “It is the talk of the place.”
Another staffer remarked, “This is insane,”
Others had harsh words for Cuomo.
“‘CC is a despised figure,’ said the insider, who had previously commented favorably about Cuomo on a personal level,” Fox News noted.
One unnamed reporter expressed optimism that the tumult will lead to a reset at the network and that the divisive partisanship and sensationalism could give way to the real journalism that CNN used to be widely respected for.
“It would be refreshing to [see] CNN’s reporting highlighted more,” the reporter told Fox News Digital. “Less panels.”
Cuomo had previously taken friendly fire from Stelter who spoke harshly of his former colleague following his ouster as well as from co-host Don Lemon who made critical remarks to the Wall Street Journal about his former BFF’s lawsuit against the network where he is reportedly seeking “Megyn Kelly money” as an “eye-popping” settlement amount.
Chris Cuomo seeks eye-popping settlement with CNN, ‘he wants Megyn Kelly money,’ reports say https://t.co/OAHiVrTtQP
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 9, 2022
“Did you think about what message it sends to the journalists in the company and also to the larger public that someone can be found to break with those journalistic standards and then get paid handsomely for it?” Lemon asked according to the WSJ.
It was probably only a matter of time until Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s problems would lead to disaster. Not only did he repeatedly give the New York Democrat a forum where he was treated with gushing favorability but, as it became clear that the governor’s “leadership” on COVID was an illusion and the parade of women came forth with their allegations of sexual misconduct threatened his political career, the unethical intervention of “Fredo” sealed his fate along with that of Zucker and Gollust.
The coming merger between WarnerMedia and Discovery could be a perfect opportunity for a major reset at CNN.
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