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[WATCH] Disgraced CNN Legal Correspondent Toobin Returns to the Airwaves

Disgraced CNN legal correspondent Jeffrey Toobin made an abrupt and unannounced return to the cable network on Thursday, acknowledged that he masturbated while on a Zoom call with colleagues from The New Yorker last year.

Toobin, who became the butt of jokes by late-night comics after the October incident and was fired a month later by The New Yorker, where he was a staff writer, apologized for his actions in a segment with CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota, who described the incident in which Toobin “was caught masturbating on camera.”

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Vice first reported on the incident in October. At the time, Toobin issued a less-detailed statement. “I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends, and co-workers,” he said at the time.

In confirming Camerota’s description on Thursday, he added a slight qualification, explaining he wasn’t aware that he was on camera while pleasuring himself. “I didn’t think other people could see me,” he said. “I thought that I had turned off the Zoom call. Now, that’s not a defense. This was deeply moronic and indefensible.” Toobin said he started apologizing to New Yorker colleagues the same day.

 

“I’m trying now to say how sorry I am, sincerely,” Toobin said. “Above all. I am sorry to my wife and to my family, but I’m also sorry to the people on the Zoom call. I’m sorry to my former colleagues at The New Yorker. I’m sorry to my current, fortunately, still colleagues at CNN. And I’m sorry to the people who read my work and watched me on CNN who thought I was a better person than this,” he said. “I’ve got a lot to rebuild, but I feel very privileged and very lucky that I’m going to be able to try to do that.”

CNN confirmed Toobin’s reinstatement as a legal analyst but made no further comment. The New Yorker declined to comment. But Twitter certainly had plenty to say, and none of it was kind.

Those with a cast iron stomach can watch the full cringey segment, below.



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