A blockbuster report claimed Jeff Zucker and Allison Gollust helped Andrew Cuomo, the disgraced former governor of New York, much in the same way that Chris Cuomo did.
The report from the Rolling Stone cited several sources who disputed the claims from Zucker when he resigned from his position over his previously undisclosed romantic relationship with the CNN executive.
While Zucker said in his resignation announcement that they had began their relationship within "recent years," their sources dismiss that as a complete fabrication.
“It was the worst-kept secret, but Jeff was seen as untouchable,” said one source the report described as an insider. “And their statements [in the memo] are total bullshit.”
Those sources claim the relationship reaches back to 1996 when Zucker was the executive producer of “The Today Show” and Gollust was a trainee in the corporate communications group for NBC. Zucker was married at the time.
The Rolling Stone report says that Zucker and Gollust denied the relationship many times in the past to the higher ups at CNN.
Zucker was forced to resign after the relationship was discovered through the investigation into Chris Cuomo, the former CNN anchor, and his inappropriate use of his position to help his brother Andrew Cuomo during his sexual harassment scandal.
More alarmingly, the report claims that both Zucker and Gollust themselves helped Andrew Cuomo at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic crisis in New York.
Among those who publicly claimed they knew about the relationship was Keith Olbermann, the far left critic of former President Donald Trump.
"[The Rolling Stone report] confirms that when he hired her [at CNN] they both broke every employment rule imaginable," Olbermann tweeted. "CNN could fire her for cause and conceivably sue Zucker for all salary paid since her hiring (but they won't)."
Both Zucker and Gollust have been divorced from their previous spouses.
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