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Allison Gollust, CNN exec in affair with Zucker resigns

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Allison Gollust, CNN exec in affair with Zucker resigns

Allison Gollust, the CNN executive in a relationship with former network head Jeff Zucker, has resigned after an investigation found the duo – along with Chris Cuomo – violated company policies, according to a memo from the company’s CEO.

The probe, performed by a third-party law firm, examined “issues associated with Chris Cuomo and former Governor Andrew Cuomo,” according to the letter sent Tuesday from Jason Kilar, the boss of CNN’s parent company WarnerMedia.

“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 wrote in the memo.

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Kilar said the investigation kicked off in September and concluded last weekend.

“I realize this news is troubling, disappointing, and frankly, painful to read. These are valid feelings many of you have,” Kilar wrote.

Gollust blasted WarnerMedia’s decision to publicly announce her resignation before she had the chance to share the news herself, according to a statement obtained by CNN.

She called the company’s statement “an attempt to retaliate against me and change the media narrative in the wake of their disastrous handling of the last two weeks.

“It is deeply disappointing that after spending the past nine years defending and upholding CNN’s highest standards of journalistic integrity, I would be treated this way as I leave.”

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News of Gollust’s departure came after Zucker, 56, resigned in disgrace from his post as CNN president earlier this month after acknowledging he had failed to disclose a years-long “consensual relationship” with Gollust, the network’s 49-year-old executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

Zucker told colleagues in his resignation memo that the relationship with Gollust came to light during CNN’s probe into former anchor Chris Cuomo, was fired from the network in December over his involvement in his older brother’s s3xually harassment scandal.

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