On Wednesday, former President Donald Trump responded to former CNN President Jeff Zucker announcing that he was leaving the company after he decided not to disclose a relationship with a subordinate that he called “consensual.”
“Jeff Zucker, a world-class sleazebag who has headed ratings and real-news-challenged CNN for far too long, has been terminated for numerous reasons, but predominantly because CNN has lost its way with viewers and everybody else,” Trump said. “Now is a chance to put Fake News in the backseat because there may not be anything more important than straightening out the horrendous LameStream Media in our Country, and in the case of CNN, throughout the World.”
“Jeff Zucker is gone—congratulations to all!” Trump concluded.
Zucker had said in a statement earlier that he was resigning effective immediately, revealing that the discovery of his relationship came as part of an investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against Chris Cuomo – the brother of ex-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who resigned after being found to have sexually harassed numerous women.
Zucker said, “As part of the investigation into Chris Cuomo’s tenure at CNN, I was asked about a consensual relationship with my closest colleague, someone I have worked with for more than 20 years.”
“I acknowledged the relationship evolved in recent years. I was required to disclose it when it began but I didn’t. I was wrong. As a result, I am resigning today,” he added. “I came to CNN on January 28, 2013. Together, we had nine great years. I certainly wish my tenure here had ended differently. But it was an amazing run. And I loved every minute. I am grateful to the thousands of incredibly talented CNN and Turner Sports employees who helped make this such a joy for me, and such a success for all of us. I wish each of you nothing but the best in the years ahead. With gratitude and much love.”