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Jeffrey Toobin Admits Masturbating On Zoom Was 'Moronic And Indefensible'
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Jeffrey Toobin Admits Masturbating On Zoom Was 'Moronic And Indefensible'


Jeffrey Toobin, a legal analyst, has spoken out about the masturbation scandal that cost him his job at The New Yorker and his suspension from CNN last fall.

Toobin appeared on CNN for the first time in eight months on Thursday to discuss the October incident in which he exposed himself during a Zoom meeting with his New Yorker colleagues.

Alisyn Camerota, the anchor, began by summarizing the incident that led to Toobin's dismissal.

“In October, you were on a Zoom call with your colleagues from The New Yorker magazine,” Camerota told Toobin. “Everyone took a break for several minutes, during which time you were caught masturbating on camera. You were subsequently fired from that job after 27 years of working there, and you have been on leave from CNN since then. Do I have that right?”

“You got it all right, unfortunately,” Toobin, a former staff writer at The New Yorker, responded.

Camerota then directly asked Toobin, "To quote Jay Leno, 'What the hell were you thinking?'"

Toobin admitted that thinking wasn't a top priority at the time of the incident.

“Obviously, I wasn’t thinking very well or very much,” he admitted, “and it was something that was inexplicable to me. I think one point — I wouldn’t say in my defense, because nothing is really in my defense — I didn’t think I was on the call. I didn’t think other people could see me.”

However, he emphasized that his actions were "deeply moronic and indefensible."

—@AlisynCamerota: "You were caught masturbating on camera... to quote Jay Leno, 'What the hell were you thinking?'" @JeffreyToobin says he "wasn't thinking," apologizes to his family, those on the Zoom call, and CNN colleagues, and says he's working to be a better person. pic.twitter.com/XjH0B3qpMA

Toobin also apologized to his wife, the rest of his family, those on the Zoom call that day, his former colleagues, and “people who read my work and watched me on CNN who thought I was a better person than this.”

“And so, you know, I have a lot to rebuild,” he continued, “but I feel very privileged and very lucky to be able to try to do that.”

Toobin will return to CNN as its chief legal analyst, according to CNN.

Toobin stated that he has spent the last several "miserable months" in tele-exile working at a food bank, going to therapy, and writing a book about the Oklahoma City bombing.

“I am attempting to re-establish myself as a person in whom people can place their trust,” he explained.

Toobin went on to say that he is to blame for everything that has happened to him, but he was irritated that The New Yorker had fired him after 27 years for the one incident.

The legal analyst thought the firing was "excessive," but added, "That's why they don't make the criminal the judge in his own case."

—@JeffreyToobin says he was told The New Yorker reviewed his entire career and found no other instances of misconduct, but he feels fired was "excessive punishment." pic.twitter.com/mswiEcbBJZ — Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) June 10, 2021

Many Twitter users weighed in on the interview and Toobin's return to CNN.

Alisyn Camerota looks so uncomfortable being there with Jeffrey Toobin. pic.twitter.com/xugrFVFJ9e — Scott Whitlock (@ScottJW) June 10, 2021

Jeffrey Toobin finally had a lucky break; hopefully he won't repeat himself. https://t.co/xf1qo05AFP — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 10, 2021

Can they bring back @kathygriffin for the NYE special if @JeffreyToobin gets his job back on CNN? pic.twitter.com/daUnF16ORy — Kezhal Dashti (@KezhalDashti) June 10, 2021

I'm curious how they decided who had to ask Jeffrey Toobin about masturbating on camera; did she embezzle company funds or what? — Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) June 10, 2021

Smdh. I knew they'd rehab him. Nice to be a privileged idiot white man child. #JeffreyToobin https://t.co/I9P9Baa6Mz — Sophia A. Nelson (@IAmSophiaNelson) June 10, 2021

Toobin talks about trying to be a better person—through therapy, volunteering at a food bank, and so on. Which is fine—but why does he have to *talk* about it on CNN? Why can't people just quit the stage and work out their salvation in obscurity? I'd have so much more respect.https://t.co/IiDmrCqwFq — Steven D. Greydanus (@DecentFilms) June 10, 2021

. @Cnn showing zero judgment. If I see him on the screen, I'll be wondering what he's doing with his hands. Jeffrey Toobin Returns to CNN, Apologizes For "Deeply Moronic" Behavior That Landed Him Fired From The New Yorker https://t.co/x1OWDim0md via @thr — Lisa See (@Lisa_See) June 10, 2021

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