CNN chief marketing officer Allison Gollust resigned on Tuesday after an investigation found she violated company policies, WarnerMedia confirmed. The announcement comes nearly two weeks after CNN President Jeff Zuckerabout an undisclosed “consensual relationship” with a colleague, later reported to be Gollus.
WarnerMedia said in a statement to CBS News that a third-party investigation that concluded over the weekend found that Zucker, Gollust and former “Cuomo Prime Time” host Chris Cuomo violated company policies. company, including CNN’s news standards and practices. The company did not specify which policies the former employees violated.
Cuomo wasfor his role in helping his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, articulate his defense during a sexual harassment scandal. Before Gollus joined CNN, the network said she briefly worked as communications director for Andrew Cuomo.
“We have the highest standards of journalistic integrity at CNN, and these rules apply to everyone equally,” WarnerMedia said in its Tuesday statement.
The investigation by an outside law firm, which was launched in September, included interviews with 40 people and a review of more than 100,000 text messages and emails, according to the WarnerMedia statement.
In a statement late Tuesday, Gollus accused WarnerMedia of retaliation, saying the company’s statement about his resignation was an attempt to “change the media narrative following their disastrous management over the past two weeks.”
“It is deeply disappointing that after spending the past nine years upholding and upholding CNN’s highest standards of journalistic integrity, I am being treated this way on leaving,” she said in a statement. communicated to CBS News. “But I do it with my head held high, knowing that I have given my heart and soul to work with the best journalists in the world.”
In a memo cited by CNN, Zucker said at the time of his resignation that he had a “consensual relationship” with a colleague that he initially did not disclose. Although Zucker didn’t name his “closest colleague,” CNN Business reported it was Gollus. The company said at the time that it would remain at the network.
“I was asked about a consensual relationship with my closest colleague, someone I’ve worked with for over 20 years,” Zucker said in the memo. “I acknowledged that the relationship had evolved over the past few years. I was required to reveal it when it started, but I didn’t. I was wrong.”
Zucker, 56, who had worked for CNN since 2013 and was one of television’s most influential executives, said he wishes his tenure at the channel “ended differently.”
Aimee Picchi contributed reporting.