Jeff Zucker needs to ‘come clean’ over romance

Jeff Zucker needs to 'come clean' over romance

Megyn Kelly says disgraced ex-CNN honcho Jeff Zucker and lover Allison Gollust “need to come clean” about when they started their romantic relationship — predicting the scandal is “gonna get ugly.”

The former Fox host noted on her SiriusXM show Wednesday the mounting evidence suggesting the pair’s fling began years earlier than they admitted when Zucker, 56, resigned earlier that day.

“If they are still misleading, they need to come clean,” Kelly, 51, said of doubts over Gollust’s claim that her relationship with her longtime boss only changed “recently … during COVID.”

“If he began this affair a long time ago, prior to promoting her to being an executive vice president of the company, this is gonna get ugly,” predicted Kelly.

“This is gonna get ugly for him, and it’s gonna get ugly for her, and for others at CNN,” she said of the already troubled network where Gollust, 49, has been allowed to stay on as chief marketing officer.

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Jeff Zucker resigned from CNN over a relationship with colleague Allison Gollust.
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“You cannot have an affair with an underling and continue promoting them up the line over other people without making that very clear,” Kelly stressed of the scandal.

Multiple sources have told The Post the affair stretches back to when Zucker and Gollust both worked at NBC in the late 1990s. Zucker left for CNN in 2010, and soon brought Gollust to join him there after she spent time working for then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“He should have had nothing to do with overseeing her or having her report to him if, in fact, they were lovers. That’s very clear,” Kelly insisted.

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Jeff Zucker and Allison Gollust came clean when Zucker was quizzed over Chris Cuomo.
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She made her comments while interviewing Melissa Cronin of Radar Online, which published a story about their clandestine relationship earlier this month.

Cronin called it “a huge mess,” and also predicted, “We are only seeing the beginning of what is going to become an even bigger scandal.”

She noted details that led to the affair being “an open secret” for years, including the pair living in the same building, househunting together and Gollust being center stage at Zucker’s 54th birthday party in 2019.

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Megyn Kelly noted the evidence suggesting Jeff Zucker and Allison Gollust’s fling began years earlier than they admitted.
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“None of that is normal behavior for underlings and their bosses,” Cronin said.

“They need to get honest about what was really happening, and if they don’t, other people are going to do it for them.”

The couple only came clean when Zucker was quizzed over his former star host, Chris Cuomo, who was fired after admitting to helping his then-governor brother handle his mounting sex scandal.

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Allison Gollust was center stage at Jeff Zucker’s 54th birthday party in 2019.
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“I was required to disclose it when it began but I didn’t,” Zucker admitted of his romantic relationship. “I was wrong. As a result, I am resigning today.”

Gollust, meanwhile, said of the alleged affair, “I regret that we didn’t disclose it at the right time.”

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