New Yorker fires staff writer Jeffrey Toobin after Zoom exposure incident
The New Yorker has fired longtime staff writer Jeffrey Toobin after he reportedly exposed himself during a Zoom conference last month. He had already been on suspension and is also on leave from CNN, where he is chief legal analyst for the cable news network.
“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,” Toobin tweeted Wednesday.
In a company memo, Conde Nast Chief People Officer Stan Duncan wrote that its “investigation regarding Jeffrey Toobin is complete, and as a result, he is no longer affiliated with our company.”
“I want to assure everyone that we take workplace matters seriously. We are committed to fostering an environment where everyone feels respected and upholds our standards of conduct,” Duncan said.
Toobin, 60, is one of the country’s most prominent legal authors and commentators. He is a former associate counsel in the Department of Justice who has written for the New Yorker about everything from the O.J. Simpson murder trial to the impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump.
He has been with CNN since 2002 and is the author of several books, most recently “True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump,” published in August. His 1996 book, “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” was adapted into an FX series.
Toobin was suspended by the New Yorker on October 19 after Vice reported he had exposed himself during a Zoom meeting with staffers of the New Yorker and WNYC radio.
Toobin told Vice that he “made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera,” adding, “I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers.”
“I believed I was not visible on Zoom,” he told the new outlet. “I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video.”