Back in November, CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin was fired from his job as a staff writer for the New Yorker after being caught a few weeks earlier exposing himself during a Zoom conference call for the magazine where he was also seen, um, taking matters into his own hands if you catch my drift.
CNN’s response to the controversy was not to suspend or fire Toobin, who has been with the network since 2002, but to grant him the “time off” that he reportedly requested.
On Thursday, 8 months after the embarrassing incident, Toobin returned to CNN where he gave what was one of the most awkward, cringe-inducing interviews in human history. He was brought on for “legal analysis,” but “Newsroom” host Alisyn Camerota had the unenviable task of addressing what happened last year right off the bat:
CAMEROTA: I feel like we should address what’s happened in the months since we have seen you, since some of our viewers may not know what has happened. So, I guess I’ll recap. I’ll do the honors.
CAMEROTA: In October, you were on a Zoom call with your colleagues from “The New Yorker” magazine. 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 since then have been on leave from CNN. Do I have all that right?
TOOBIN: You got it all right, sad to say.
CAMEROTA: To quote Jay Leno, what the hell were you thinking?
TOOBIN: Well, obviously, I wasn’t thinking very well or very much. And it was something that was inexplicable to me. I think one point — I wouldn’t exactly 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. So…
CAMEROTA: You thought that you had turned off your camera?
TOOBIN: Correct. I thought that I had turned off the Zoom call. Now, that’s not a defense. This was deeply moronic and indefensible. But, I mean, that is part of
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