Allison Gollust Blasts CNN Owner in Fiery Resignation Letter

CNN executive Allison Gollust has resigned from CNN just two weeks after the network's former president, Jeff Zucker, revealed that he was quitting because he had failed to disclose they were a couple.

It was initially reported that Gollust, the network's chief marketing officer, would be staying but she has now left—and released a fiery letter blasting parent company WarnerMedia for its "disastrous handling" of the situation.

"WarnerMedia's statement tonight is an attempt to retaliate against me and change the media narrative in the wake of their disastrous handling of the last two weeks," Gollust wrote in the letter sent to colleagues, according to a CNN report.

The former marketing executive added: "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. But I do so with my head held high, knowing that I gave my heart and soul to working with the finest journalists in the world."

WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar announced her resignation to staff in a memo on Tuesday, explaining that the internal investigation into former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo and his brother Andrew Cuomo, the former governor of New York, had uncovered "violations of Company policies" by Gollust.

The memo stated: "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."

Jeff Zucker, Allison Gollust
Jeff Zucker and Allison Gollust failed to disclose their relationship as part of an internal investigation. Getty Images

Kilar added: "Given the information provided to me in the investigation, I strongly believe we have taken the right actions and the right decisions have been made."

Chris Cuomo was fired from the network late last year for trying to help his politician brother deal with sexual assault allegations made against him. Andrew Cuomo, who has denied the allegations, resigned as governor last August.

The CNN investigation into Chris Cuomo has created a domino effect, toppling Zucker and now Gollust. When reports about the anchor began to emerge, Zucker supported him, but the executive changed his mind after the internal inquiry found the primetime host had violated journalistic ethics and house rules.

In February, however, Zucker announced his own resignation, citing his failure to disclose his relationship with a colleague.

"As part of the investigation into Chris Cuomo's tenure at CNN, I was asked about a consensual relationship with my closest colleague, someone I have worked with for more than 20 years," Zucker wrote in an email to staff.

"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."

Zucker's statement did not name Gollust, but she confirmed that she was the colleague involved.

"Jeff and I have been close friends and professional partners for over 20 years," Gollust said at the time. "Recently, our relationship changed during COVID. I regret that we didn't disclose it at the right time. I'm incredibly proud of my time at CNN and look forward to continuing the great work we do every day."

Newsweek has contacted CNN/WarnerMedia for comment on her resignation.

Jeff Zucker, Chris Cuomo.
Jeff Zucker and Chris Cuomo. A CNN internal investigation found that they had both violated company policies. Getty Images