CNN's Jeff Zucker resigns over a mutual relationship with a key lieutenant

Jeff Zucker, the influential news executive who reshaped the iconic network, announced his resignation on Wednesday morning. 

JUST TWO MONTHS PRIOR, ZUCKER FIRED PRIME-TIME ANCHOR CHRIS CUOMO FOR IMPROPERLY ADVISING HIS BROTHER, FORMER NEW YORK 

GOV. ANDREW CUOMO, ON HOW TO HANDLE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS."I WAS ASKED ABOUT A CONSENSUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH 

MY CLOSEST COLLEAGUE, SOMEONE I HAVE WORKED WITH FOR OVER 20 YEARS," ZUCKER TOLD EMPLOYEES IN A MEMO. "I ACKNOWLEDGED HOW 

OUR RELATIONSHIP HAS CHANGED. SO I DIDN'T DISCLOSE IT WHEN IT STARTED. I ERRED. SO I RESIGN TODAY." ZUCKER DID NOT NAME HIS 

COLLEAGUE, BUT IT IS ALLISON GOLLUST, HIS LONGTIME LIEUTENANT. GOLLUST STAYS AT CNN. NBC BROUGHT ZUCKER AND GOLLUST TOGETHER 

IN 1998. WHEN ZUCKER JOINED CNN, GOLLUST WAS ONE OF HIS FIRST HIRES. BEFORE JOINING CNN, GOLLUST WAS ANDREW CUOMO'S COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR. 

CNN'S EVP AND CMO. GOLLUST SAID IN A STATEMENT, "OUR FRIENDSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL PARTNERSHIP SPANS OVER TWO DECADES. 

OUR BOND SHIFTED RECENTLY DURING COVID. I'M SORRY WE DIDN'T ANNOUNCE IT SOONER. I'M VERY PROUD OF MY TIME AT CNN AND LOOK FORWARD.