"I didn't think other people could see me". Now, that's not a defense, this was deeply moronic, and indefensible, but that is part of the story.
The Zoom incident is not the first scandal in Toobin's career.
Speaking about the New Yorker's decision to fire him, Toobin said he believed the punishment was "excessive".
Toobin was sacked by the New Yorker on November 11 after what was perhaps the most famously humiliating snafu of the work-at-home era created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
But his other employer, CNN, told reporters that he had asked for "some time off while he deals with a personal issue" - a request the network granted. I have spent the seven subsequent months, miserable months in my life, I can certainly confess, trying to be a better person.
'I am trying to become that person that people can trust again, ' he said. "I 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", he said. I didn't think other people could see me.
At that time, Toobin was suspended from his job at The New Yorker for exposing himself and masturbating on a company Zoom call. "They were shocked and appalled", Toobin said. "I think they realized this was not intended for them". I think they realized that this was something that I would immediately regret, as I certainly did.
Toobin apologized to his wife, his former New Yorker colleagues, and current colleagues at CNN. He had continued listing CNN as an employer on Twitter and on LinkedIn, a platform where he noted the end of his New Yorker role. "I want to assure everyone that we take workplace matters seriously".
Requesting anonymity to speak frankly, a network executive told The Washington Post that enough time had passed since the incident, and Toobin deserved a second chance.
TOOBIN: Well, obviously, I wasn't thinking very well or very much. However, his left-wing coworkers were a bit more reticent - except for CNN's oft-mocked media critic Brian Stelter, who complained that Toobin was "sidelined at a pivotal moment" just before the 2020 election.
Jeffrey Toobin has made a return to CNN after being gone since October, when his colleagues were treated to the site of his genitals on a live Zoom call.
After a months-long absence, Jeffrey Toobin is back on CNN, as of June 10, 2021.
When Camerota pressed about why Toobin didn't show better judgment during the call, he replied, "Because I didn't have better judgment".
"Many of us have really missed having your legal analysis on our programs", Camerota said, "so let me be the first to welcome you back". "And, I hope to be a better person, off-camera as well as on camera". "I hope they will at least be mixed".