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Jeffrey Toobin fired from the New Yorker after masturbating incident

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.

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“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.

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:

Whilst others supported his termination:

And, of course, others simply jumped on the comic potential of the whole thing: