CNN President Jeff Zucker is reportedly open to having Jeffrey Toobin, who indecently exposed himself on a work-related Zoom video call, return to the network as its Chief Legal Analyst.
According to reporting from The New York Times, CNN’s “executives are unwilling to discuss his future” despite Toobin “remaining the network’s chief legal analyst”:
It’s unclear if, when or how Mr. Toobin will return to public life. He is on leave from CNN, whose executives are unwilling to discuss his future. (A spokeswoman confirmed that he remains the network’s chief legal analyst but would not comment further.)
The Times continued, identifying Zucker as a “big fan” of Mr. Toobin and potentially open to his return to the network:
Three CNN employees say that network president, Jeff Zucker, is a big fan of Mr. Toobin’s and a believer in second chances.”
Back in October, New Yorker editor David Remnick wrote in an email: “Dear All, As you may have read in various news reports today, one of our writers, Jeff Toobin, was suspended after an incident on a Zoom call last week. Please be assured that we take such matters seriously and that we are looking into it. Best, David.”
Multiple sources told Vice News at the time:
Both people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to speak freely, noted that it was unclear how much each person saw, but both said that they saw Toobin jerking off. The two sources described a juncture in the election simulation when there was a strategy session, and the Democrats and Republicans went into their respective break out rooms for about 10 minutes. At this point, they said, it seemed like Toobin was on a second video call. The sources said that when the groups returned from their break out rooms, Toobin lowered the camera. The people on the call said they could see Toobin touching his penis. Toobin then left the call. Moments later, he called back in, seemingly unaware of what his colleagues had been able to see, and the simulation continued.