Making his return to CNN, Jeffrey Toobin addressed his Zoom call masturbation scandal.
CNN host Alisyn Camerota recapped what happened by explaining “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?”
Camerota then asked Toobin “what the hell were you thinking?”
“Well, obviously, I wasn’t thinking very well or very much. And it was something that was inexplicable to me,” Toobin said. “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….. 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 — that is part of the story.”
He continued by saying “I have spent the seven subsequent months, miserable months in my life, I can certainly confess, trying to be a better person, I mean, in therapy, trying to do some public service, working in a food bank, which I certainly am going to continue to do, working on a new book about the Oklahoma City bombing. But I am trying to become the kind of person that people can trust again.”