Former CNN president Jeff Zucker was recently seen in a potentially compromising situation, spotted exiting a party in the Hamptons hand-in-hand with a married CNN host, Alisyn Camerota. The encounter occurred just before Zucker’s girlfriend, Allison Gollust, left the same party alone.
The soirée, thrown by former CNN star Don Lemon, was put under a magnifying glass when Zucker and Camerota left together around 3:10 p.m. Zucker, dressed casually in a blue shirt and white shorts, and Camerota, in a white blouse and black shorts, left the party while Gollust departed separately about five minutes later.
A source close to Zucker and Gollust played down the incident, insisting that the hand-holding was innocent. The source stated that Zucker and Camerota were en route to meet Gollust for coffee. The pair returned to the party after roughly 40 minutes and later left in separate cars. Gollust’s return, however, was not reported.
This gathering in the Hamptons celebrated a new book by “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin, and besides Hostin, “The View” co-host Joy Behar was also present. Camerota, a mother of three, is married to a Connecticut-based private equity firm worker.
The hand-holding incident between Zucker and Camerota might be surprising, but it’s not the first time the two have raised eyebrows. In June 2019, Zucker made a lighthearted comment about Camerota that drew attention. Zucker’s joke, referring to his enjoyment of waking up to Camerota, was brushed off by Camerota as a standard joke made towards morning show hosts.
Zucker’s history with Gollust, also a former CNN executive, is another part of this network saga. Their relationship ultimately led to Zucker’s resignation from CNN in February 2022, as he failed to disclose their relationship as required. Zucker and Gollust, both previously married, lived in the same Manhattan apartment building during their ongoing affair. Zucker acknowledged the evolution of their relationship and his failure to disclose it in a resignation letter.
The media industry is a complex web of relationships and power dynamics. Transparency and professionalism are crucial to maintaining public trust and the integrity of news outlets. As this story unfolds, one can’t help but wonder about the potential implications for CNN and its commitment to journalistic principles.