CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin returned to his former television home on Thursday, months after taking time off from cable media. after being taken masturbating in a Zoom meeting with colleagues from The New Yorker.

The New Yorker totally fired Toobin. Unsurprisingly, this incident was the first question Toobin was asked about during his appearance on CNN, and made the viewing a bit uncomfortable.

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CNN’s Alisyn Camerota resolves Toobin’s masturbation incident in October

CNN presenter Alisyn Camerota told Toobin: “In October, you were on Zoom call with your colleagues at New Yorker magazine.”

“Everyone took a several minute break, during which you were caught masturbating on camera,” Camerota said. “You were then fired from that job, after 27 years working there. “

“And you, since then, have been on leave from CNN,” she added.

“Am I all right? Camerota asked.

Toobin replied, “You got it all, sad to say.”

Toobin admits “it was deeply stupid and indefensible”

Camerota then said point blank: “Let’s start there. To quote Jay Leno, “What the hell were you thinking?”

Toobin gave it all up, so to speak.

“Well, obviously I wasn’t thinking very well or very well,” Toobin said. “And that was something that was inexplicable to me.”

He continued, “I think at a point and I wouldn’t say exactly for my defense because nothing is really for my defense and I didn’t think I was on the call. I didn’t think others could see me.

Camerota asked, “You thought you turned off your camera? “

“Right,” Toobin replied. “I thought I turned off the zoom call.”

“Now that’s not a defense,” Toobin admitted. “It was deeply stupid and indefensible.”

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Toobin asked for help after his controversy

Toobin then described his anguish after the embarrassing incident.

“But that’s part of the story,” Toobin said. “I spent the next seven months, miserable months of my life, I can certainly admit, trying to be a better person.”

The CNN analyst said he was seeking help.

“I’m in therapy, trying to do public service, working in a food bank, which I will definitely continue to do, working on a new book on the Oklahoma City bombing,” Toobin said. .

He added: “I’m trying to be the kind of person that people can trust again.”

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