If there is one thing that we’ve learned about CNN in the past week, it’s that the cable news network has a great deal of interpersonal drama, and that these shenanigans go all the way to the top.
The most poignant example of this so far has come in the wake of CNN chief Jeff Zucker’s departure from the company, after it was revealed that he was having an undisclosed relationship with a former communications staffer for the disgraced ex-Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo, you may remember, was found to have received undue and unethical media and PR help from his CNN host brother, Chris Cuomo, who himself was subsequently terminated from the network on account of his own poor behavior.
Now it has been reported that talent at the network is under the impression that Chris Cuomo revealed Zucker’s relationship in retaliation for circumstances surrounding his firing.
This messy, unprofessional situation has Chris Wallace allegedly second guessing his decision to move from Fox News to CNN.
“Chris is the type of person who makes it known if he doesn’t like something,” a source told Radar. “He went over there for Zucker and now Zucker is gone.Trending:
“Wallace feels that he has been stiffed. He’s got no staff, no Executive Producer and the guy he gave up a prized gig for has just walked out the door.”
Despite reportedly making between $8-$10 million, Wallace is now “second guessing his decision” after Zucker’s resignation over a consensual relationship with a fellow CNN employee Allison Gollust.
And then there are other bits of drama to be sorted out.
“It’s no secret in D.C. that Wallace hates Jake Tapper and despises Sam Feist,” the source continued about two other top CNN figures, the latter the senior vice president.
“Zucker spun his magic to allay Chris’ concern about the pair, promising that his status as a ‘premiere journalist’ would not be compromised while working out of the D.C. bureau.”
With their reputation in tatters, this latest reporting regarding Wallace’s intimations could send CNN into yet another downward spiral, and just as the entire cable news industry looks to rebound from an abysmal ratings slump.