Jeffrey Toobin, a CNN legal analyst and frequent critic of President Donald Trump, was the subject of some embarrassing press last month after reports leaked that colleagues witnessed him exposing himself via video conference.
Weeks later, news surfaced that he had been fired from his prominent and long-held position at the New Yorker, as reported by TMZ.
“They could see Toobin”
It was during a meeting with magazine staff that multiple “people on the call said that they could see Toobin touching his penis,” as Vice reported at the time.
He and others were reportedly engaging in a simulation of the 2020 election when, during a break, his colleagues made the disturbing discovery on Zoom.
A short time later, Toobin reportedly rejoined the call without mentioning the incident and the meeting continued.
When the complaints came in, however, he was quickly suspended by both the New Yorker and CNN. In an announcement on Twitter this week, Toobin confirmed he got the boot from his employer of nearly three decades.
“I was fired today by [the New Yorker] after 27 years as a Staff Writer,” he confirmed, according to TMZ. “I will always love the magazine, will miss my colleagues, and will look forward to reading their work.”
“No longer affiliated”
A spokesperson for Conde Nast, the magazine’s owner, told the New York Post that as “a result of our investigation, Jeffrey Toobin is no longer affiliated with the company.”
The magazine also confirmed the firing, and Conde Nast’s Stan Duncan informed staff that Toobin’s employment was being terminated following an inquiry.
“I am writing to share with you that our investigation regarding Jeffrey Toobin is complete, and as a result, he is no longer affiliated with our company,” he reportedly wrote in a memo. “I want to assure everyone that we take workplace matters seriously. We are committed to fostering an environment where everyone feels respected and upholds our standards of conduct.”
For his part, Toobin reacted at the time by chalking the incident up to a regrettable lapse in judgment.
“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera,” he said, according to Vice. “I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers. 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.”