Katie Couric speaks out after Jeff Zucker resigns

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Katie Couric speaks out after Jeff Zucker resigns

Former “Today” star Katie Couric said that many people “turned a blind eye to inappropriate behavior” by CNN chief Jeff Zucker and network bigwig Allison Gollust, whose romantic relationship led to his resignation.

“I worked with Jeff Zucker for many years at NBC and later on my talk show. He was a talented and energetic producer. His resignation took me by surprise,” Couric said in statement through Katie Couric Media.

Katie Couric (center) said that everyone who knew that both Jeff Zucker and Allison Gollust lived so close to each other found it strange.
Katie Couric, pictured here with Zucker and his now-ex-wife Caryn, said everyone who knew that Zucker and Allison Gollust lived so close to each other found it strange.
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“I’ve also known Allison Gollust since my days at the TODAY show. I’ve wondered about the nature of their relationship, but I do know, as I wrote in my memoir ‘Going There,’ that it made me uncomfortable,” Couric, 65, wrote.

“It seems their colleagues and the media at large turned a blind eye to inappropriate behavior,’ she added.

Zucker announced his resignation on Wednesday as CNN president after he acknowledged a “consensual relationship” with Gollust, his chief marketing officer, that he failed to disclose to his superiors at the network.

Katie Couric remarked that Jeff Zucker and network bigwig Allison Gollust seemed to be "joined at the hip."
Katie Couric remarked that Jeff Zucker and network bigwig Allison Gollust seemed to be “joined at the hip.”
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Couric, who worked under Zucker when he helmed the NBC morning ratings juggernaut in the early 2000s, once observed in her memoir “Going There” that he and Gollust were “joined at the hip.”

She noted that the pair not only worked together but their families lived a floor away from each other in the same apartment building while they were both married to their spouses.

“(Gollust) and her husband and kids had moved into the apartment right above Jeff and Caryn’s — everyone who heard about their cozy arrangement thought it was super strange,” Couric wrote, referring to Zucker’s then-wife.

Former CNN President Jeff Zucker resigned on February 2, 2022 after failing to report a relationship with another employee.
Former CNN President Jeff Zucker resigned on February 2, 2022 after failing to report a relationship with another employee.
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According to Couric, Allison Gollust and her family lived right above Jeff Zucker and his family.
According to Couric, Allison Gollust and her family lived right above Jeff Zucker and his family.
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“By that point, Caryn had become a close friend and it made me really uncomfortable,” she wrote.

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