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CNN’s new chairman and C.E.O., Mark Thompson, and the Post’s presumptive new C.E.O., Will Lewis. Photos: Noam Galai/Getty Images; Mike Coppola/Getty Images
Dylan Byers
November 3, 2023

On Thursday night, CNN alumni Jeff Zucker, Allison Gollust, and Don Lemon joined a small group of friends at The Polo Bar, in Midtown Manhattan, to celebrate the birthday of Jay Sures, the UTA superagent who represents a broad swath of CNN talent, and who recently invited the same trifecta to attend his intimate wedding celebration on a yacht off the Amalfi Coast. Seated across the restaurant, albeit not at his usual table, was Zucker’s successor Chris Licht, who must have thought he was witnessing the manifestation of all his worst, most deeply held suspicions. 

Since Licht’s defenestration five months ago, he has told multiple people he suspects that Zucker, Gollust, Sures and Lemon actively and collaboratively conspired to undermine him. One can only imagine what was going through his mind as Dr. Jill Biden, Michael Ovitz, Rita Wilson, Kelly Clarkson, and others stopped by Sures’s table to offer hugs and well wishes.