Following Zucker’s shocking resignation, CNN’s top journalists in the D.C. bureau reportedly had a tense Wednesday night meeting with Jason Kilar, the CEO of CNN’s parent company WarnerMedia, who was grilled over the sudden ousting of their boss.
But according to Vanity Fair, it’s not just CNN employees who are scarred by Zucker’s absence.
“Toward the end of the meeting, in which prominent CNN journalists went hard at Kilar over Zucker’s resignation, special correspondent Jamie Gangel spoke up,” Vanity Fair media correspondent Joe Pompeo wrote.
He then quoted Gangle, who said, “‘The first calls I got this morning were from four members of the January 6 committee, who felt devastated for our democracy, because Jeff was not going to be around to make sure that CNN is able to do its job.'”
Gangel went on to clarify that she meant to say four lawmakers, one of whom sits on the Jan. 6 committee.
Zucker stunned CNN staffers hours earlier informing them of his immediate departure from the network, saying he was “wrong” to not disclose his relationship with colleague Allison Gollust, an executive vice president and chief marketing officer.
Gollust, who is remaining with the company, issued her own statement, saying, “Jeff and I have been close friends and professional partners for over 20 years. Recently, our relationship changed during COVID. I regret that we didn’t disclose it at the right time.”
Damning revelations have been reported since Zucker’s resignation, including how his relationship with Gollust dates back to 1996 when she was a “trainee” and he was the executive producer of “Today” and how the two of them fed “talking points” to Gollust’s old boss, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to combat attacks from then-President Trump in the early months of the COVID pandemic.
The CNN lovebirds were also reportedly “instrumental” in the televised Cuomo Brothers interviews in 2020 and Gollust personally appealed to the governor to continue his CNN appearances when his office began resisting.