Toobin returned to the network, where he serves as chief legal analyst, on June 10, after having been put on leave in response to news that he had masturbated on-camera during an October New Yorker video call. While claiming he was “incredibly grateful” to be back on CNN, he said he thought his firing from The New Yorker was “excessive punishment.” “But look, that’s why they don’t ask the criminal to be the judge in his own case,” Toobin opined. The journalist went on to repeat the claim he gave in response to the initial news — that he’d thought his camera was turned off — while qualifying it with “That’s not a defense. He adds that he feels firing him was "excessive punishment." "But look, that's why they don't ask the criminal to be the judge in his own case." pic.twitter.com/mswiEcbBJZ— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) June 10, 2021

Toobin added that he spent his leave “trying to be a better person” by going to therapy, volunteering at a food bank, and apologizing to his former New Yorker colleagues. He says he's working to be a better person. This was deeply moronic and indefensible.”

—@JeffreyToobin says he was told that The New Yorker reviewed his whole career and didn't find any other instances of misconduct. Camerota noted that Toobin has “covered the bad judgment and sexual proclivities of public figures” and asked why he hadn’t learned from his coverage. Toobin made his return in an interview with Newsroom anchor Alisyn Camerota, who quoted Jay Leno to ask the question on all of our minds: “What the hell were you thinking?” “Well obviously, I wasn’t thinking very well, or very much,” Toobin answered. pic.twitter.com/XjH0B3qpMA— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) June 10, 2021

That so-called “Zoom dick incident” might have cost Jeffrey Toobin his New Yorker gig, but the now-infamous legal journalist still has CNN. Take it from a still-employed legal analyst, folks! —@AlisynCamerota: “You were caught masturbating on camera … to quote Jay Leno, ‘What the hell were you thinking?'” @JeffreyToobin says he “wasn’t thinking” and apologizes to his family, those on Zoom call, and CNN colleagues. Related

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Tags: “There is no defense for my conduct — the only issue is what should be the consequences,” Toobin replied.