Jeffrey Toobin fired by New Yorker following Zoom call incident

 

Jeffrey Toobin has been fired by The New Yorker following an investigation into last month’s incident in which he exposed himself on a Zoom call with his colleagues.

Toobin announced his dismissal in a tweet on Wednesday, writing: “I was fired today by @NewYorker after 27 years as a Staff Writer. I will always love the magazine, will miss my colleagues, and will look forward to reading their work.”

A spokesperson for The New Yorker also confirmed Toobin’s firing to Variety. “As a result of our investigation, Jeffrey Toobin is no longer affiliated with the company,” the spokesperson said.

On Oct. 19, it was revealed that The New Yorker had suspended Toobin after he exposed himself on a Zoom call with New Yorker staffers and the radio station WNYC. According to Vice’s tech news website Motherboard, Toobin was allegedly masturbating during the call.

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BOSTON, MA - MAY 30: Former United States Attorney General Eric Holder is interviewed by Jeffrey Toobin for a discussion on gerrymandering and its impact on the American politcal system at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate on May 30, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Holder is a partner at Covington and serves as the Chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Jeffrey Toobin attends the 2018 PEN Literary Gala at the American Museum of Natural History on May 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Jeffrey Toobin attend the Broadway Opening Night performance of "The Front Page" at the Broadhurst Theatre on October 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Jeffrey Toobin attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Conversations with Tom Brokaw at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Robin Williams Center on October 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for SAG-AFTRA Foundation)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 04: Jeffrey Toobin attends the For Your Consideration event for FX's "The People v. O.J. Simpson - American Crime Story" at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on April 4, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 30: Lawyer Jeffrey Toobin attends the FX Networks Upfront screening of "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" at AMC Empire 25 theater on March 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
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Toobin is also a chief legal analyst at CNN, and though he was granted time off following the incident, it remains unclear what his job status is at the network.

In a statement to Motherboard, Toobin said, “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.”

Toobin wrote the 1996 book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” which was later adapted by FX into the true-crime anthology series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

 

 

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