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Jeffrey Toobin Returns To CNN, Apologizes For Masturbation Scandal: "Deeply Moronic And Indefensible"

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CNN legal analyst and 'New Yorker' contributor Jeffrey Toobin was welcomed back to the network by CNN host Alisyn Camerota on Thursday and apologized for his behavior in a Zoom call last year where he masturbated in front of the participants. Camerota had the honor to list Toobin's transgressions before letting the offender explain himself.

Transcript, via CNN:


CAMEROTA: Let's bring in CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin to talk about this and more.

Hi, Jeffrey.

JEFFREY TOOBIN, CNN CHIEF LEGAL ANALYST: Hello, Alisyn.

CAMEROTA: It's been a while.

TOOBIN: It has been a while, indeed.

CAMEROTA: I feel like we should address what's happened in the months since we have seen you, since some of our viewers may not know what has happened.

So, I guess I'll recap. I'll do the honors.

(LAUGHTER)

TOOBIN: Help yourself.

CAMEROTA: OK.

(LAUGHTER)

CAMEROTA: 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?

TOOBIN: You got it all right, sad to say.

CAMEROTA: OK, so let's start there.

TOOBIN: OK.

CAMEROTA: To quote Jay Leno, what the hell were you thinking?

TOOBIN: Well, obviously, I wasn't thinking very well or very much. And it was something that was inexplicable to me.

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...

CAMEROTA: You thought that you had turned off your camera?

TOOBIN: Correct. 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.

And 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.
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