What Jeff Zucker’s resignation could mean for Chris Cuomo’s potential CNN payout

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Chris Cuomo isn’t likely to get much more than half of the $18 million he’s seeking as a settlement in his feud with CNN now that Jeff Zucker has resigned, The Post has learned.

Zucker fell on his sword in an effort to keep a possible Cuomo lawsuit against CNN from seeing the light of day, sources told The Post. The ex-CNN chief was named multiple times in a draft of a suit, which hasn’t been filed, sources said.

Zucker’s resignation came as part of an agreement hammered out with AT&T chief John Stankey, sources say. Under the agreement, Zucker would leave CNN without a fight and Stankey would settle with Cuomo, the sources said.

That way, Cuomo’s potentially damaging additional accusations about Zucker would be kept from the public, these sources say.

Jeff Zucker and Chris Cuomo are seen together in 2014.
Jeff Zucker and Chris Cuomo are seen together in 2014.
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According to an earlier report from The Post, Zucker and Allison Gollust — the colleague with whom he is romantically involved — had an ethically dubious relationship with former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The pair would coach the governor on his now-infamous Covid briefings — telling him what to say and how to respond to criticisms from President Donald Trump to make more compelling television.

Now, sources say, if Chris Cuomo isn’t given a settlement by AT&T, which owns CNN, he’ll potentially file his suit. A representative for Cuomo’s attorneys declined to comment.

AT&T is negotiating with Cuomo to reach a deal that would give Cuomo likely half the $18 million he is seeking in an effort to shut him up, The Post has learned.

Zucker allegedly had a dubious relationship with former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Zucker allegedly had a dubious relationship with former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
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The draft complaint compiled by Cuomo’s attorneys name Zucker multiple times throughout the suit, people with knowledge say.
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While Zucker paid the price stepping down as top dog of a global television network, he did so with the agreement that he would keep a piece of his privacy for leaving quickly and without a fight, sources said.

“Jeff cut a deal to say ‘I’ll leave, and you settle with Cuomo,’” a source told The Post. “He thought AT&T would fight a lawsuit and it would go public otherwise.” If Cuomo filed his lawsuit and AT&T fought it, then potentially damaging information about Zucker could come out, too, the sources said.

Zucker stated he resigned because he was involved romantically with colleague Allison Gollust but failed to disclose the relationship. Cuomo, in a draft of a suit that hasn’t been filed, claims Zucker’s misdeeds go beyond that, The Post has reported.

A press rep for Zucker declined to comment. AT&T did not respond to request for comment.

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