EXCLUSIVE: ‘Golden boy’ producer for CNN’s Jake Tapper is fired along with subordinate staffer after ‘inappropriate relationship’ was discovered amid claims of ‘complaints’ by other staffers
Top CNN producer Federico Quadrani (pictured left) is reportedly out at the network following the discovery of an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate. The subordinate, a mid-level female executive, was also fired. Quadrani served as Jake Tapper’s executive producer for 10 years and worked for MSNBC before, where he was considered a ‘golden boy.’ The producer, who is in his late 50’s, joined the network in 2013, relocating from NYC to the nation’s capital.
During his time at NBC, he’d worked on ‘The Today Show’ under ousted CNN executive Jeff Zucker (pictured). Zucker was fired from his top spot at CNN last year for a relationship with executive Allison Gollust. The New York Post reported that Quadrani was dismissed last week after news came to light he had been hooking up with a staffer. Quadrani is married to his wife, Elena Quadrani, with whom he lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
The Post reported that Quadrani was already under investigation by the network’s human resources department because of rumors of an ‘inappropriate relationship with a senior producer.’ ‘There were some complaints. No one had proof, and these things are hard to prove,’ a source told the tabloid. ‘Jake was aware of the investigation,’ said the source.
However, as Quadrani was heading for an all-clear from HR, Tapper (pictured) was presented with evidence of an affair that he ‘couldn’t ignore.’ Straight-lace Tapper has no tolerance for unprincipled sexual behavior from staffers working on his show, which led him to bring the evidence straight to HR and resulted in the termination of both employees.
When approached, CNN officially ‘declined to comment on matters involving personnel.’ But sources inside the network say they are shocked that Quadrani and the female executive would engage in such an affair just one year after Zucker and Gollust (pictured) left the company over a similar pattern of behavior.
The post reported that despite both halves of the workplace romance being absent from CNN’s Washington bureau last week, ‘they’re consenting adults and no one’s particularly feeling like this is some big scandal.’ Quadrani’s social media accounts still say he is the executive producer of The Lead with Jake Tapper, but his employee page appears to have been deleted off the network’s site.
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