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CNN Host Suggests Zucker's Ouster Due to Chris Cuomo's 'Scorched Earth' Exodus

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As if things over at CNN couldn’t get any more controversial or convoluted, the latest news from the embattled network paints a very stark picture of its past, present, and future.

Just yesterday it was revealed that the head honcho at CNN, Jeff Zucker, would be resigning immediately due to an undisclosed, (yet consensual), relationship with a former communications director for disgraced New York Governor Andrew Cuomo…who just so happens to be the brother of disgraced former CNN host Chris Cuomo, who was terminated after his own poor behavior came to light.

Now it appears as though, almost unbelievably, Cuomo’s departure from CNN may have kicked off the series of events that led to Zucker’s resignation after the CNN chief refused to honor a contractual payout to Chris Cuomo upon his departure.

And, even more oddly, it was CNN’s Jake Tapper that seemed to posit this theory.

Hours after Zucker’s resignation Wednesday, Tapper asked WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar at a tense meeting inside CNN’s Washington bureau about the “perception” that Zucker’s refusal to pay Cuomo the remaining $18 million on his contract ultimately led to him losing his job, according to Puck News.

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“Jason, if you could address the perception that Chris Cuomo gets fired by CNN, Chris Cuomo hires a high-powered lawyer who has a scorched-earth policy, who then makes it very clear to the world that unless Jeff gives Chris Cuomo his money, they’re going to blow the place up,” Tapper asked Kilar, according to a recording of the meeting obtained by the news site.

“Stuff starts getting leaked to gossip websites about Jeff and Allison … and then weeks later, Jeff comes forward, discloses this and resigns — not willingly,” Tapper continued. “An outside observer might say, ‘Wow, it looks like Chris Cuomo succeeded,’” Tapper told Kilar during a tense staff meeting Wednesday.

Then, succinctly:

“He threatened, Jeff said we don’t negotiate with terrorists, and he blew the place up.”

With their reputation now in tatters, can CNN afford any more of these revelations?

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.