CNN marketing director Allison Gollust left earlier this month after WarnerMedia determined she had advised Chris Cuomo on how to help his brother Andrew Cuomo after the then-New York governor was accused of sexual harassment. , The Wall Street Journal Friday report.
Gollust’s resignation to CNN was announced February 15 in an employee memo by WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar, citing “violations of Company policies” as a result of a third-party investigation. three findings but did not give specifics. Her departure follows Jeff Zucker’s resignation as president of news and sports agency WarnerMedia and president of CNN, on February 2 after he was asked about his personal relationship with her.
At the time, Gollust confirmed that her relationship with Zucker, who she says has shared a friendly and professional relationship for more than 20 years, turned romantic during the COVID-19 pandemic. She said she regretted “because we didn’t reveal it at the right time.”
In response Journal Gollust’s representative, Risa Heller, shared a statement with The Hollywood Reporter dismissed the claims against Gollust as “fantasy” and part of a smear campaign.
“Allison Gollust never gave advice or advice to Andrew Cuomo,” Heller’s statement read. “Stage = Stage. If she wants to advise the governor, she can call or text him directly (she doesn’t). Now 10 days after she stepped down, WarnerMedia has announced that she’s not.” gave their fourth (or maybe fifth? Hard to follow) reason for Allison’s resignation – the far-fetched notion that she was washing away secret advice to the Governor through meetings casual conversation with a colleague. ridiculous.”
The statement continued, “These are mundane, innocuous conversations that are being turned into a nefarious story. The retaliatory smear campaign continues against a woman who spent nine years as a fierce loyalty manager for the CNN brand, whose integrity and journalism are despicable and used as a complementary justification. compensate for undeserved dismissal. It is misleading and misleading”.
A representative for CNN declined to comment.
Chris Cuomo’s termination as CNN host was announced on December 4 after an outside law firm looked into his conduct in relation to his brother Andrew, who announced his resignation as governor. in August.