Ex-CNN chief Zucker was ousted to bolster case against Cuomo: sources

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When former CNN chief Jeff Zucker stonewalled Chris Cuomo and refused to pay out the roughly $18 million that was on the rest of his contract, Cuomo’s legal professionals determined to go over his head: They went to AT&T, CNN’s proprietor, sources conversant in the matter advised The Post.

Cuomo’s legal professionals argued AT&T was concerned in selective enforcement, in accordance to the sources. Zucker — who violated company coverage by courting a colleague with out disclosing it — was in a position to maintain onto his soft job, however Cuomo had gotten the boot for serving to his brother, now-former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, navigate sexual harassment claims.

Given these circumstances, Cuomo’s legal professionals argued, AT&T ought to pay Cuomo the total $18 million he was demanding. 

But as a substitute of paying up, AT&T compelled Zucker to resign after Cuomo squealed on him to the telecom big, sources advised The Post.

From a monetary standpoint, it seems Cuomo hasn’t gotten the windfall he was looking for. Sources conversant in the matter say AT&T hasn’t coughed up the $18 million. But from one other standpoint, he might need achieved some vindication. 

Chris Cuomo argued he was entitled to the roughly $18 million that was on the rest of his contract after he was fired from CNN.
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AT&T compelled Zucker to resign over his secret relationship quite than paying Cuomo the $18 million.
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“It shows clearly CNN is a mess — and also misery loves company,” one supply mused.

AT&T and CNN didn’t return requires remark. An legal professional for Cuomo, Bryan Freedman, additionally didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

After AT&T turned formally conscious of the scenario with Zucker, it doubtless had to do one thing, sources mentioned.

Zucker stepped down from CNN Wednesday after 9 years on the community.
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“How do you fire a journalist who violates a policy while the CEO gets away with violating a policy?” mentioned one supply conversant in the matter.

The PR fallout for AT&T – a company with a market capitalization of $175 billion – would have been far worse than any attainable settlement that might nonetheless include Cuomo, one supply famous. 

Cuomo nonetheless desires to attain a settlement with CNN, sources mentioned.