AceShowbiz - Jeffrey Toobin has returned as CNN chief legal analyst after his controversial behavior during a Zoom call with colleagues from The New Yorker last year. On Thursday, June 10, Toobin announced his return to the cable network in addition to apologizing for masturbating during the call.
"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," Toobin said in a segment with CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota. "I'm sorry to my former colleagues at The New Yorker."
The 61-year-old, who was subsequently fired from The New Yorker after the scandal, also apologized 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." He went on to show remorse by saying, "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."
Explaining his side, Toobin claimed, "I didn't think other people could see me. I thought that I had turned off the Zoom call. Now, that's not a defense. This was deeply moronic and indefensible." He also shared that he started apologizing to New Yorker colleagues the same day.
Of The New Yorker staff's reaction to him exposing himself, Toobin divulged that "they were shocked and appalled." He added, "I think they realized that this was not intended for them. I think they realized that this was something that I would immediately regret, as I certainly did. And it was then it was that day that I began apologizing. And that is something that I have tried to continue to do, both publicly and privately."
Toobin also acknowledged that he "didn't have better judgment" at that moment "because I'm a flawed human being who makes mistakes." He continued, "There is no defense for my conduct. The only issue is what should be the consequences. And The New Yorker made one decision about the consequences. CNN made a different decision, fortunately, for which I'm very grateful."
After Vice first reported the incident in October, Toobin issued a statement in which he admittded to the "embarrassingly stupid mistake" as he believed that he was "off-camera." He continued, "I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers."