The New Yorker Magazine announced Wednesday that it has fired longtime Staff Writer and reporter Jeffrey Toobin after he was suspended over an incident of accidental nudity in a Zoom call with colleagues and clients.
Jeffrey Toobin, 60, who has been The New Yorker Magazine’s Staff Writer for over two decades was trending online, for the second time after he trended when the aforesaid Zoom call mishap came to light in mid-October.
Earlier in October, the New Yorker Magazine announced Toobin was suspended reportedly for exposing genitals whilst on-line with other New Yorker colleagues and clients from WNYC Radio.
An internal memo broadcasted to Conde Naste staffs — which owns The New Yorker — first bought the incident to light. It said the matter has been taken seriously and is being investigated upon.
On Thursday, Mr. Toobin took to Twitter, who has rarely tweeted since the incident came to light and wrote: “I was fired today by @NewYorker after 27 years as a Staff Writer. I will always love the magazine, will miss my colleagues, and will look forward to reading their work.”
The move comes 24-days after he was suspended and the magazine said were investigating the incident.
On October 15th, Mr. Toobian was online a Zoom call with his other New Yorker colleagues and clients from a radio station they were collaborating with.
But then Toobin made what he said was an ’embarrassingly stupid’ mistake. The journalist was reportedly seen touching his genitals and then jerking off, two New Yorker staff who were on the call told Vice News on the condition of anonymity.
They said the Zoon call with WNYC radio was an election simulation where staffs of the two organizations were simulating the US political scenario ahead of the 2020 Election results.
Both The New Yorker Staff who spoke to Vice News said they saw Toobin touching his private parts, but they’re not sure how many others who were online noted the same.
Mr. Toobin reportedly took the screen down at one point when others saw him touching his genitals, and then he went off-screen and returned moments later. He was visibly unfazed all these times by what just happened, which showed he was unaware.
Since then the case was under investigation with The New Yorker Magazine, and a spokesperson confirmed the reporter’s suspension earlier in October.
What was Toobin’s reaction?
Mr. Toobin who is also CNN’s Chief legal analyst appeared on the cable news network but remained absent from Twitter. “Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted,” CNN said in a statement.
“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends, and co-workers,” the statement Mr. Toobin issued shortly after the incident came to light read.
“I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video,” Mr. Toobin wrote.
Toobin, a familiar face on the US television is also the author of the book “True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump.”
Toobin’s case is one of the many such incidents of accidental nudity that came to light as the pandemic forced people to work from home over digital meetings.