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Jeffrey Toobin leaves CNN 2 years after exposing himself on Zoom call

Associated Press

NEW YORK – Jeffrey Toobin, who rejoined CNN as a legal analyst after stepping away in the wake of exposing himself to colleagues in a Zoom call, said Friday that he was leaving the network after 20 years.

Toobin announced the move in a tweet, saying he was glad to spend his last day on the air with friends Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon.

“Love all my former colleagues,” he wrote.

Toobin was fired by The New Yorker magazine in 2020 after the news came out that he was spotted masturbating on a Zoom call with magazine employees. Toobin said he didn’t realize his camera was on, and he apologized.

CNN brought him back on the air eight months after the incident. When he returned in June 2021, Toobin apologized for his actions in a segment with CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota.

Jeffrey Toobin is walking away from CNN as a legal analyst after he was invited back to the network following a Zoom call incident where he accidentally exposed himself to his colleagues.

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"I'm trying now to say how sorry I am, sincerely. 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," said Toobin, seated next to Camerota at the CNN anchor desk. "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."

Toobin had been with CNN since 2002 and is the author of several books, most recently “True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump,” published in August 2020. His 1996 book, “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” was adapted into an FX series.

Contributing: Bill Keveney and Maria Puente, USA TODAY