Jeff Zucker resigned as president of CNN and chairman of WarnerMedia’s news and sports division on Wednesday, citing his failure to disclose to the company a “consensual relationship with a close colleague.”
In a memo sent to staff, Zucker said that the relationship was questioned during a network investigation into Chris Cuomo, the CNN anchor who was fired in December over his involvement in the political affairs of his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“As part of the investigation into Chris Cuomo’s tenure at CNN, I was asked about a consensual relationship with my closest colleague,” Zucker wrote in the memo. “I was required to disclose it when it began but I didn’t.”
In a memo to staff, WarnerMedia Chief Executive Jason Kilar wrote: “I have accepted Jeff Zucker’s resignation as Chairman of WarnerMedia News and Sports, and President of CNN Worldwide.”
“We thank Jeff for his contributions over the past 9 years. We will be announcing an interim leadership plan shortly,” he added.
Fox News Channel released a report last week that not only trumpeted its own ratings triumph over both MSNBC and CNN, but the network also pointed out that year-over-year, CNN’s daytime audience has plunged 77 percent, while its primetime lineup is doing even worse, plummeting 80 percent.
That latter stat has not been helped by the network’s search for a replacement for former nighttime anchor Chris Cuomo, who was fired last year after it was revealed how extensively he helped his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, fend off accusations for sexual harassment.