Zucker Settles With CNN for Millions

Former network president will waive his right to sue the network
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2022 4:42 PM CST
Zucker Can't Sue CNN Under Settlement Terms
Jeff Zucker listens at a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN in Detroit in 2019.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Former CNN President Jeff Zucker has reached a settlement with the network that will include a payment of millions of dollars but will cost him his ability to sue. Zucker resigned last month after conceding he hadn't told his bosses about a romantic relationship with a subordinate. The deal between WarnerMedia, CNN's parent company, and Zucker includes a nondisclosure clause that prevents him from saying anything about his departure other than a statement both sides agreed to, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Deadline reports Zucker will receive a one-time payment this month of about $10 million, while the Journal reports he'll collect more than $5 million in a payment he's owed from his 2021 bonus. The network has hired Chris Licht of CBS to replace Zucker. About the time Zucker left CNN, he hired a Hollywood lawyer, Patricia Glaser, who immediately warned WarnerMedia that its comments about Zucker were getting close to being defamatory. (More Jeff Zucker stories.)

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