Jeffrey Toobin returns to CNN after exposing himself on Zoom Call

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Seven months after CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin was exposed during a work-related Zoom call, he appeared on the network Thursday to discuss both his layoff from the New York City and his continued employment with the cable network .

As Vice first reported in October, Toobin was on a Zoom call with colleagues at The New Yorker when several participants reportedly caught him masturbating. « I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake thinking I was off camera, » Toobin said in a statement at the time. “I apologize to my wife, family, friends and colleagues. I thought I was invisible on zoom. I thought nobody on Zoom could see me. I thought I muted the zoom video. ”

While speaking with CNN host Alisyn Camerota in the CNN newsroom on Thursday, Toobin offered a not-too-detailed explanation of what happened.

“I didn’t think I was on the phone. I didn’t think other people would see me, ”he said, adding that he had spent“ seven wretched months ”“ trying to be a better person ”. He said that the same day he started the infamous phone call to apologize, both publicly and privately, to his New York colleagues.

« I have a lot to rebuild, » he said, repeatedly thanking CNN for helping that he kept him on the team, « but I feel very privileged and very happy » to be able to do so.

When Camerota urged why Toobin did not use better judgment during the call, he replied, « Because I did had no better judgment. Because I’m a flawed person who makes mistakes. « 

He added, » It was wrong, it was stupid and I’m trying to be a better person.  » And then he and Camerota discussed the day’s news, with Toobin apparently working as an analyst again.

Jeff Toobin was a late night punchline after being caught red-handed on a zoom call.

Immediately after Toobin took his slip from CNN on leave. Over at The New Yorker, where Toobin has worked since 1993, he was suspended after the incident and then fired in November after an internal investigation into the matter Jeffrey Toobin and is therefore no longer associated with our company, ”states a memo from Stan Duncan, Chief People Officer at Condé Nast. “I want to assure everyone that we take workplace issues seriously. We are committed to promoting an environment in which everyone feels respected and adheres to our standards of behavior. ”

Back then Toobin also tweeted about his departure from New York:“ Today, after 27 years, I was named Staff Writer fired from @NewYorker. I will always love the magazine, will miss my colleagues, and look forward to reading their work. ”

Toobin’s book on the O. J. Simpson murder case served as the source material for FX’s limited series The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which won nine Primetime Emmys in 2016.

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