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At CNN, Personal and Corporate Tensions Collide After Jeff Zucker’s Exit


One by one, the name-brand news anchors filed in: Wolf Blitzer, Jake Tapper, Dana Bash and some two dozen of their CNN colleagues, dejected, confused and ready to pounce.Their quarry was Jason Kilar, the Hollywood-based WarnerMedia chief executive, who had flown in for an emergency meeting on the ninth floor of CNN’s Washington bureau by Union Station.It was just hours after Jeff Zucker, CNN’s longtime president and a mentor to many of the stars in the room, had stunned his network by resigning at Mr. Kilar’s behest. Mr. Zucker admitted he had violated corporate policy by failing to disclose a romantic relationship with Allison Gollust, a close colleague.Ms. Bash summed up the mood, according to a recording made by an attendee that was obtained by The New York Times. “For a lot of us,” she said, “the feeling is that, for Jeff, the punishment didn’t fi …

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