Jeffrey Toobin - fired by the New Yorker for masturbating on a Zoom call, and on hiatus from CNN - returned to the TV network on Thursday and explained why he pleasured himself during the online work meeting.
—@AlisynCamerota: “You were caught masturbating on camera … to quote Jay Leno, ‘What the hell were you thinking?'”… https://t.co/lgxD2ElyBt
Back in October 2020, Toobin was canned as a senior columnist for the New Yorker after masturbating, with his penis visible, during a staff call.
At the time, he said he thought the camera was turned off.
He was reprimanded and eventually fired from the New Yorker. He was also relieved of his duties as CNN contributor.
did he really just fucking plug his book when listing off how he was "becoming a better person" after getting caugh… https://t.co/Fvuaa8rq6g
— Edward Ongweso Jr (@Edward Ongweso Jr)
But after an interview with the network’s own Alisyn Camerota, CNN confirmed to New York that Toobin will be back on the air regularly, presumably with pants fully on.
In the deeply uncomfortable interview, Toobin said he’s apologized to his family, his CNN coworkers, and all those on the call where he was masturbating.
He says he “wasn’t thinking” when doing this, which is a weird thing to admit about your work day at the New Yorker, one of the most prestigious magazines in the world, which people look to for fairly deep thinking.
—@JeffreyToobin says he was told that The New Yorker reviewed his whole career and didn't find any other instances… https://t.co/kVZ4VRrmyp
Sexual harassment at work, especially in media, had become a large part of the conversation around work culture and the Me Too movement before the pandemic. Toobin was a rare high profile cases of sexually inappropriate behavior at work during a period when most people were working from home.
when the Toobin scandal first broke I remember some prominent media folks being like "oh come on, it was an acciden… https://t.co/ptVGr2LXeV
But it’s unclear how far Toobin’s rehabilitation tour will go. It’s hard to trust someone’s work, after all, when you have such solid evidence that they weren’t really paying attention while they were supposed to be focusing on it...