Jeffrey Toobin returns to CNN following Zoom call masturbation scandal

Toobin, a longtime pundit on the network, had been on leave since October after he exposed himself on a Zoom call with fellow staffers at The New Yorker last year, a publication he had worked at for 27 years.

After being suspended from The New Yorker following the incident, Toobin apologized and said he unintentionally exposed himself to his coworkers during a break on the call. 

“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers,” Toobin said at the time. “I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video.”

He also called the New Yorker’s decision to fire him “heartbreaking” but noted that an internal investigation by the outlet’s parent company found no previous instances of misconduct during his decades-long career there. 

“So you’re saying there will be no surprise after this that will come out,” Camerota asked, to which Toobin chuckled and answered there will not be. 

“I’ve got a lot to rebuild,” he said. “But I feel very privileged and lucky that I’m going to be able to try and do that.”

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