Yet another sex scandal has emerged in corporate media, this time connected to CNN’s Jake Tapper as his executive producer was reportedly ousted last week.
One year after former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was fired when faced with sexual assault charges and former CNN CEO Jeff Zucker resigned alongside executive Vice President Allison Gollust after their own inter-office affair became public, Federico Quadrani was said to have been shown the door for having an alleged relationship with a subordinate.
Sources that spoke to Page Six explained that the EP of “The Lead With Jake Tapper” was already the focus of an “investigation of sorts” conducted by human resources as rumors circulated of his supposed inappropriate relationship.
“There were some complaints,” an insider told the outlet. “No one had proof, and these things are hard to prove. Jake was aware of the investigation.”
However, the situation changed rapidly when Tapper was reportedly “presented with something that he couldn’t ignore,” last Wednesday.
“Jake was made aware of it and acted quickly. Someone discovered something accidentally and brought it to Tapper. He delivered it to [human resources], and they were terminated,” the second source explained.
In February 2022, Zucker stepped down as head of CNN after his relationship with Gollust had been made public.
“As part of the investigation into Chris Cuomo’s tenure at CNN,” he said at the time as the network handled allegations made against the anchor, “I was asked about a consensual relationship with my closest colleague, someone I have worked with for more than 20 years. 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.”
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— American Wire News (@americanwire_) February 16, 2022
WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar followed this up with an announcement that Gollust too had resigned, and said in a 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.”
Of note before leaving MSNBC to work with Tapper in 2013, Quadrani had worked at NBC from 2003 to 2009 on the “Today” show where Zucker was his boss. That same time period was when a number of sexual misconduct allegations were made against former “Today” co-host Matt Lauer who was ousted from the network in 2017 when his scandal became public.
Prior to that, Quadrani had worked at ABC’s “Good Morning America” from 1998 to 2003, part of the same morning lineup that recently saw “GMA3” hosts Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes ousted over their extramarital affair with one another.
Though a CNN spokesperson would “not comment on personnel matters” to Page Six, the second source suggested to the outlet with both Quadrani and the unnamed subordinate out, “they’re consenting adults and no one’s particularly feeling like this is some big scandal.”
At the time of this posting, his social media pages still listed him as executive producer for Tapper.
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