Commentator Jeffrey Toobin steps away from CNN after being sacked by the magazine ‘New Yorker’ as he exposed himself on a staff Zoom call.
Jeffry Toobin is a senior analyst for CNN. He confirmed in his tweet that he has been fired.
“I was fired today by @NewYorker after 27 years as a Staff Writer. I will always love the magazine, will miss my colleagues, and will look forward to reading their work,” he wrote.
I was fired today by @NewYorker after 27 years as a Staff Writer. I will always love the magazine, will miss my colleagues, and will look forward to reading their work.
— Jeffrey Toobin (@JeffreyToobin) November 11, 2020
The New Yorker wrote in an email to staff: “I want to assure everyone that we take workplace matters seriously.”
According to the initial story, the senior colleagues had seen Mr Toobin doing some bawdy acts while apparently on a separate video call.
After his suspension, Toobin said he had believed himself to be off-camera during the incident.
The obscene incident took place on October 15 and Toobin was immediately suspended.
In a statement to a Canadian magazine last month, he said: “I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera.”
He also apologized to his family, friends and colleagues.
“I believed I was not visible on Zoom,” he told. “I thought no-one on the Zoom call could see me. Thought I had muted the Zoom video.”
According to sources, during a break in proceedings, Mr Toobin appeared to be on a different video call but was seen moments later on camera performing indecently.