Jeff Zucker Returns to CNN After Heart Surgery

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The CNN president told staff on July 19 that he'd be out six weeks for elective surgery to treat a condition.

CNN has its head honcho again. Network president Jeff Zucker returned to the office last week after undergoing elective heart surgery in July, a network spokeswoman told The Hollywood Reporter.

Zucker informed employees on July 19 that he planned to have heart surgery to treat a long-standing condition and would be out of the office for six weeks recovering.

Upon returning last week, Zucker thanked employees for their well-wishes during his absence, said he was feeling great and told everyone that he was happy to be back, the spokeswoman said.

Zucker, who re-upped his contract at the network through 2020, has a lengthy medical history, including battles with colon cancer and Bell's palsy.

NBC News reported on Aug. 3 that Zucker was "doing great" following the procedure.

His return is surely a shot in the arm of a news organization that is attacked regularly by President Donald Trump and his administration. Trump tweeted about CNN 10 times in August, and on Aug. 30, while Zucker was out on medical leave, Trump tweeted that "Little Jeff Z has done a terrible job, his ratings suck, & AT&T should fire him to save credibility!"