New Yorker Writer Jeffrey Toobin Fired For Alleged Masturbation Zoom Incident – Gets Savaged Online

The New Yorker has fired longtime staff writer Jeffrey Toobin after he reportedly exposed himself during a Zoom conference last month. He had already been on suspension and is also on leave from CNN, where he is chief legal analyst.

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Journalist Jeffrey Toobin was fired from The New Yorker on Wednesday for an alleged incident on a Zoom meeting with fellow employees last month, where he allegedly exposed himself during the video call. Two people who were on the call told Vice, Toobin was masturbating during the work video call. Get a hold of yourself, Jeffrey. Oh. Wait. Disregard that.

“Both people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to speak freely, noted that it was unclear how much each person saw, but both said that they saw Toobin jerking off,” Vice reported in October. “The people on the call said they could see Toobin touching his penis. Toobin then left the call. Moments later, he called back in, seemingly unaware of what his colleagues had been able to see.”

Tobin, 60, issued an apology last month: “I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. 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.”

On Wednesday, The New Yorker laid down a stiff punishment and fired Toobin for the reported five-knuckle shuffle incident.

“As a result of our investigation, Jeffrey Toobin is no longer affiliated with the company,” a New Yorker spokeswoman told the New York Post.

“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,” said Stan Duncan from Conde Nast, the magazine’s parent company. “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.”

“I was fired today by @NewYorker after 27 years as a Staff Writer,” Toobin wrote on Twitter. “I will always love the magazine, will miss my colleagues, and will look forward to reading their work.”

The internet came down hard on Toobin for his unceremonious release with no shortage of double-entendre jokes at the pundit’s expense.

Toobin, who also serves as a legal analyst for CNN, has not been terminated by the cable news network. He was placed on leave from CNN, and the network has not yet released a comment on Toobin’s firing.

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