CNN boss Jeff Zucker to take 6-week leave for heart surgery

CNN chief Jeff Zucker will take a six-week leave of absence so that he can undergo heart surgery, the network’s senior media reporter Brian Stelter reported on Twitter Thursday.

“Jeff Zucker just ended the CNN morning meeting with news of his own: He will be taking a six-week leave for elective surgery to address a heart condition he has had for 10 years,” said Stelter. “He assured everyone he is going to be just fine. All of us are wishing him a very speedy recovery.”

CNN confirmed the news but declined to offer any additional comment. A person familiar with the matter said that during Zucker’s absence, his responsibilities on editorial would be handled by Michael Bass, the channel’s executive vice president of programming. Zucker’s management team would also pick up additional responsibilities.

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Jeff Zucker (C) president of NBC entertainment, shares a laugh with Dick Wolf, (L) creator and producer of the the "Law and Order" shows and Tom Cavanaugh star of the show "Ed" as they arrive at an event in New York City, May 13, 2002. The three were attending NBC's preview of new and returning shows for next falls primetime schedule. Picture taken May 13. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen JC
-UNDATED PHOTO- NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker is seen in this undated photograph. (CREDIT : REUTERS/Chris Haston/NBC/Handout)
Members of the cast of the NBC comedy television series "Will and Grace" and NBC executives appear on the bell balcony overlooking the main trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, May 18, 2006. From left to right are, NBC Universal Television Group President Angela Bromstad, NYSE CEO John Thain, NBC Universal Television Group CEO Jeff Zucker, actors Sean Hayes, Debra Messing and Eric McCormack. The cast was celebrating the series' final episode which airs May 18. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Ron Meyer, president and COO of Universal Studios, poses with Jeff Zucker (R), president and CEO of NBC Universal, prior to a discussion on sustainability and the role of energy policy during GE's Ecomagination media day at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, California, May 24, 2007. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES)
Jeff Zucker, president and the Chief Executive of NBC Universal arrives with wife Caryn for the Paley Center for Media Los Angeles Gala honoring NBC's Zucker and Dick Ebersol in Los Angeles November 12, 2007. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES)
Jeff Zucker, president and the Chief Executive of NBC Universal arrives with wife Caryn for the Paley Center for Media Los Angeles Gala honoring NBC's Zucker and Dick Ebersol in Los Angeles November 12, 2007. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES)
NBC Universal executives (L-R) Marc Graboff, co-chairman NBC Entertainment and NBC Universal Television Studio, Jeff Zucker, president and Chief Executive of NBC Universal, Ben Silverman, co-chairman, NBC Entertainment and NBC Universal Television Studio and Jeff Gaspin, president and COO Universal Television Group pose at the Paley Center for Media Los Angeles Gala honoring NBC's Jeff Zucker and Dick Ebersol in Los Angeles November 12, 2007. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES)
NBC Universal president and CEO Jeff Zucker (L) poses with "Lipstick Jungle" star actress Brooke Shields as they arrive at the NBC Universal Experience as part of upfront week in New York on May 12, 2008. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES)
Jeff Zucker, president and CEO of NBC during the first pitch ceremonies before the Japan-U.S. men's preliminaries baseball game at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 20, 2008. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (CHINA)
Jeff Zucker, president and CEO of NBC during the first pitch ceremonies before the Japan-U.S. men's preliminaries baseball game at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 20, 2008. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (CHINA)
Brian Roberts (L) Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corp. listens as Jeff Zucker (R) President and CEO of NBC Universal speaks during a hearing held by the House Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee on ?An Examination of the Proposed Combination of Comcast and NBC Universal? on Capitol Hill in Washington February 4, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS)
Brian Roberts (L) Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corp. and Jeff Zucker (R) President and CEO of NBC Universal talk during a hearing held by the House Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee on ?An Examination of the Proposed Combination of Comcast and NBC Universal? on Capitol Hill in Washington February 4, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS)
Brian Roberts (L) Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corp. and Jeff Zucker (R) President and CEO of NBC Universal testify at a hearing held by the House Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee on ?An Examination of the Proposed Combination of Comcast and NBC Universal?on Capitol Hill in Washington February 4, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS)
Feb. 14, 2010 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - Olympics Figure Skating Pairs Short Program - NBC President of Entertainment Jeff Zucker talks to spectators during a break in the Figure Skating Pairs Short Program at the 2010 Winter Olympics on February 14, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Credit Image: � Paul Kitagaki Jr./ZUMApress.com) Picture Supplied by Action Images PLEASE NOTE: FOR EDITORIAL SALES ONLY. CONTRACT CLIENTS: ADDITIONAL FEES MAY APPLY - PLEASE CONTACT YOUR ACCOUNT MANAGER
Feb. 14, 2010 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - Olympics Figure Skating Pairs Short Program - NBC President of Entertainment Jeff Zucker talks to spectators during a break in the Figure Skating Pairs Short Program at the 2010 Winter Olympics on February 14, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Credit Image: � Paul Kitagaki Jr./ZUMApress.com) Picture Supplied by Action Images PLEASE NOTE: FOR EDITORIAL SALES ONLY. CONTRACT CLIENTS: ADDITIONAL FEES MAY APPLY - PLEASE CONTACT YOUR ACCOUNT MANAGER
President and Chief Executive Officer of NBC Universal Jeff Zucker arrives at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's 2010 Humanitarian Award Ceremony honoring producer Brian Grazer and director Ron Howard in Beverly Hills, California May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS)
Jeff Zucker (R), president and chief executive officer of NBC Universal, talks to reporters as Ron Meyer, president and chief operating officer of Universal Studios, and his wife Kelly Chapman wait nearby, as they arrive at the Sun Valley Inn in Sun Valley, Idaho July 8, 2010. The resort is the site for the annual Allen & Co's media and technology conference. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS MEDIA)
CEO of NBC Universal, Jeff Zucker, arrives at the premiere of the movie "Little Fockers" in New York December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS)
President of CNN Worldwide, Jeff Zucker, arrives with Caryn Zucker for the Time 100 gala celebrating the magazine's naming of the 100 most influential people in the world for the past year, in New York, April 23, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS)
Jeff Zucker, president of CNN arrives to meet with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., November 21, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
CNN President Jeff Zucker speaks at the 2017 Business Insider Ignition: Future of Media conference in New York, U.S., November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
CNN President Jeff Zucker speaks at the 2017 Business Insider Ignition: Future of Media conference in New York, U.S., November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
CNN President Jeff Zucker attends a keynote event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
CNN President Jeff Zucker attends a keynote event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
Jeff Zucker attends the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival opening night premiere of 'Love, Gilda' at Beacon Theatre on April 18, 2018 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: President of CNN Worldwide Jeff Zucker speaks onstage during the Bleacher Report, CNN, and Great Big Story Newfront 2017 on May 4, 2017 in New York City. CNN Newfront 2017_BB, 26969_002 (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Turner)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Jeff Zucker attends the 2017 Turner Upfront at Madison Square Garden on May 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
CNN President Jeff Zucker (R) and Don Lemon attend the 10th Annual CNN Heroes All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History on December 11, 2016 in New York City. / AFP / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
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