According to the sources, Ex-CNN chief Jeff Zucker was ousted to bolster AT&T’s case against Chris Cuomo.
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When former CNN chief Jeff Zucker stonewalled Chris Cuomo and refused to pay out the estimated amount of $18 million. It was on the remainder of his contract, Cuomo’s lawyers decided to go over his head. They went to AT&T, CNN’s owner, sources familiar with the matter told to The Post.
Cuomo’s lawyers also argued that AT&T was involved in selective enforcement, according to the sources. Zucker, who violated company policy by dating a colleague without disclosing it, was able to hold onto his cushy job, but Cuomo had gotten the boot for helping his brother who is now-former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, navigate sexual harassment claims.
Given those circumstances, Cuomo’s lawyers argued, AT&T should pay Cuomo the full $18 million he was demanding. But instead of paying up AT&T forced Zucker to resign after squealing on him to the telecom giant, according to the sources.
From a financial perspective, it appears Cuomo hasn’t gotten the windfall he was seeking. Sources who are familiar with the whole matter say AT&T hasn’t coughed up the $18 million. Looking at it from another perspective, He might have achieved some vindication.
One source also mused that ” It shows clearly CNN is a mess and also misery loves company.”
ATT and CNN did not return calls for comment. An attorney for Cuomo, Bryan Freedman also did not immediately respond to the request to comment. After AT&T became formally aware of the situation going on with Zucker, it likely had to do something, according to the sources.
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