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Cuomo, 64, and Gollust had reportedly met up several times for drinks between 2019 and 2020, following his split with Sandra Lee.
He allegedly sent Gollust a text, reading: ‘You don’t want to see me now that I’m single?’ after the breakup in early 2020, according to Rolling Stone.
Gollust – whose recent relationship revelation with Zucker, 56, caused him to resign from CNN after he failed to reveal his relationship to the network – had reportedly replied: ‘A drink with you would be the best date I’ve had in a while.’
Four months later, the ‘sex-pest’ governor had reportedly offered to be her ‘pool boy.’
She welcomed the idea and the pair hung out afterward, which she said ‘was fun’ and wished him to ‘sleep well’, according to Rolling Stone’s report.
Cuomo and Gollust had kept a friendly relationship with each other since she worked under him in 2012, but representatives from both sides deny the pair had a sexual relationship.
Disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reportedly set CNN boss Jeff Zucker’s mistress Allison Gollust text messages offering to be her ‘pool boy,’ four months after the pair started getting drinks together following his breakup with Sandra Lee. Both sides have denied a sexual relationship between the two
The flirty exchange was revealed through CNN’s internal investigation into Chris Cuomo, Andrew’s brother who was fired from the network. Gollust reportedly provided counseling to the governor, who she had previously worked for in 2012, and got him a last-minute slot on New Day after Trump said he was going to quarantine NYC in March 2020
‘Allison and the governor were former colleagues and friends, never had a romantic relationship, and it is impossible to have two sources saying otherwise because it is a total fabrication,’ a representative for Cuomo told the Rolling Stone.
‘It’s no secret that Allison and Governor Cuomo had a friendly relationship after Allison briefly worked for him in 2012,’ Risa Hella, a representative for Gollust and Zucker, told the Rolling Stone, but said any ‘suggestion’ of a ‘sexual relationship’ between the pair was ‘disgusting, sexist, and patently false.’
However, Gollust and Zucker’s relationship with Cuomo goes a lot farther, as they helped get him airtime on CNN and Gollust apparently offered him career advice.
After Trump suggested he was going to shut down New York City for two weeks during 2020 because of the pandemic, Cuomo had allegedly texted Gollust, asking her to critique his press conference and had invited him onto CNN’s New Day show, where Cuomo went against Trump and said a quarantine would crush the city economically ‘for years.’
Zucker, who quit CNN following the revelation of his relationship with Gollust, denied every speaking to Cuomo on March 28, 2020, despite being cc’d on a email from Gollust to the show’s programmer 30 minutes before Cuomo’s appearance on the show
‘I’m pretty sure I stopped being your publicist 8 years ago, but apparently I still am,’ she had reportedly messaged him afterward.
Gollust had managed to squeeze him in in the final hours after Cuomo had allegedly tested him: ‘Ask Jeff to call me [please].’ Zucker has denied speaking to Cuomo on March 28, 2020, and says he has ‘no record’ of the phone call and Heller maintains that he never advised Cuomo. However, 30 minutes prior to Cuomo’s appearance on the show, Gollust had emailed a programming staff about the governor’s slot and cc’d Zucker, according to Rolling Stone.
After the program, Gollust had texted Cuomo: ‘Well done . . . Cuomo-W. Trump-L.’
Despite the ardent denial on Zucker’s part, inside and outside CNN sources told Rolling Stone that many noticed the couple’s relationship with the governor and accused they were helping him, even though the news’ job is to expose the wrongdoings of politicians.
While Zucker maintains that his resignation was due to the revelation of his relationship with Gollust, CNN’s internal investigation into Chris Cuomo, Andrew’s brother – which was completed in mid-February – found that Chris, Zucker, and Gollust had all broken the news network’s News Standards and Practices.
Zucker and Cuomo (pictured in 2008) have been friends for years
Zucker also maintains that the relationship only blossomed during the pandemic, and that they held a professional relationship for 22 years. However, two sources familiar with the pair suggested to Rolling Stone that the relationship had been going on for years.
‘These are innocuous, mundane conversations that are being spun into a nefarious tale,’ Heller told Rolling Stone, however, she did admit that Cuomo and Gollust’s relationship was made up ‘favors.’
Cuomo had reportedly texted Gollust, who asked for a request involving singer Billy Joel: ‘Yes, [you] do ask me for favors, and that’s okay. It’s mutual.’
Two days after the investigation, on February 15, Gollust was released from her position at CNN.
Cuomo later resigned as New York’s governor after he was embroiled in sexual harassments allegations from multiple women, all of which he has denied. Women claimed he forcibly kissed them and asked them inappropriate questions about their sex lives.
His brother Chris was later fired from CNN for helping his brother by using his journalistic sources, prompting the internal investigation.