New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin has been fired from the publication after accidentally exposing himself on a Zoom call last month.
Late last month, US reporter, author, and legal commentator, Jeffrey Toobin, was suspended from the New Yorker after allegedly masturbating whilst on a Zoom call with his colleagues.
Following an investigation, Toobin has taken to Twitter to reveal that he has now been fired from the publication.
“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 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.
— Jeffrey Toobin (@JeffreyToobin) November 11, 2020
According to Variety, a spokesperson from the publication confirmed that his termination came as a result of the investigation. Toobin also serves as CNN’s chief legal analyst, and at this point, it’s unclear whether he will remain in this position.
At the time, Toobin apologised for in the incident in a statement, writing: “I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers. 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.”
Numerous Twitter users have responded to his post, with some offering sympathy and support for the writer:
We’re all human and we all screw up. Be kind to yourself.
— InSlothsITrust (@SlothsTrust) November 11, 2020
I despise cancel culture. I certainly hope that CNN will not make such a unwise decision. Good luck!
— Andrew S. Goldstein (@AGOLDCO) November 11, 2020
Good luck. We all make mistakes. Your’s isn’t killing 240,000 people.
— david grigg (@davidgr23637706) November 11, 2020
You're my favorite human. Do a podcast…write more. You're brilliant. I miss seeing you. @NewYorker is foolish and ridiculous. 💙
— Leah…Military Daughter (@LuckyMomXXXY) November 11, 2020
Whilst others supported his termination:
Firing someone for an extremely clear-cut case of workplace sexual harassment is not "cancel culture." It's the correct decision, ethically and legally.
— Kelly Ellis (@justkelly_ok) November 11, 2020
Sending a contract to the wrong person is a mistake.
Jacking off at work is not.
— Aegon IV Targaryen, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms (@RealAegonIV) November 11, 2020
And, of course, others simply jumped on the comic potential of the whole thing:
That sucks. You've erected a legacy. Stand tall and keep your resolve rock hard, and I'm sure you'll be able to rub out the competition to finish first. Don't beat yourself over this–you're a jack of all trades and there are many different strokes for many different folks.
— Taconic @ Small, Small Turtle House (@TaconicST) November 11, 2020
Thank you for exposing all this. I hope you told those jerks off
— Regional Expert (@SortaBad) November 11, 2020