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Jeffrey Toobin Returns to CNN After Suspension

  • June 10, 2021

“You’ve got it all right,” Mr. Toobin replied, adding, “Sad to say.”

CNN confirmed that Mr. Toobin had returned to his role but declined to comment beyond his on-air remarks.

Unlike The New Yorker — which promptly suspended Mr. Toobin, investigated his behavior and subsequently fired him — CNN was opaque in its response to the incident, saying at the time only that it had granted his request for time off “while he deals with a personal issue.”

On Thursday, Mr. Toobin told viewers that he had forgotten to turn off his camera during the call and did not realize his colleagues could see him. “This was deeply moronic and indefensible,” he said, adding that he had spent the last several months — “miserable months in my life” — pursuing “therapy, trying to do some public service, working in a food bank, which I certainly am going to continue to do.”

“I am trying to become the kind of person that people can trust again,” he added.

An on-screen graphic during the interview read: “JEFFREY TOOBIN APOLOGIZES FOR ‘EMBARRASSINGLY STUPID MISTAKE.’”

CNN and its president, Jeff Zucker, in recent weeks have been forgiving of lapses by major network personalities.

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