"I was fired today by [The New Yorker] after 27 years as a staff writer," the veteran journalist tweeted Wednesday. "I will always love the magazine, will miss my colleagues, and will look forward to reading their work."
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
The publication suspended Toobin last month after he exposed himself during an election simulation with The New Yorker and WNYC radio staffers. Vice was the first to report Toobin's suspension, citing anonymous sources who claimed Toobin was seen masturbating on Zoom shortly after a session break concluded. He apologized for the "stupid mistake," and insisted he had no intention of exposing himself to his colleagues.
"I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers," Toobin told Vice. "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."
The New Yorker confirmed Toobin's termination in an internal memo obtained by the New York Post.
"I am writing to share with you that our investigation regarding Jeffrey Toobin is complete, and as a result, he is no longer affiliated with our company," Condé Nast Chief People Officer Stan Duncan wrote. "I want to assure everyone that we take workplace matters seriously. We are committed to fostering an environment where everyone feels respected and upholds our standards of conduct."
In wake of his suspension, Toobin was also placed on leave from CNN, where he serves as a chief legal analyst. The network has yet to confirm whether Toobin will resume his role.
News of Toobin's firing was, of course, met with tons of jokes. You can read some of the reactions below.
Jeffrey Toobin tweeted that he got fired by the New Yorker today, and people are frying him in the quote tweets. Someone said "I guess you rubbed them the wrong way," and bitch, the internet is undefeated.
— monique thee journalista (@thejournalista) November 11, 2020
The New Yorker firing Jeffrey Toobin has to be rough on him, because he's spent the past 3 weeks trying to beat off his critics.
— Rocky Mountain Mike (@RockyMntnMike) November 11, 2020
What a pig! Who jerks off during work? I know people do but Christ! How stupid is he and he apparently has no willpower to wait until after a Zoom call to satisfy himself. Men... #jeffreytoobin https://t.co/0dC7eNVRG5
— DEM 1967 For Peace (@DonnaMa23234569) November 11, 2020
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
You guys gonna watch the Jeffrey Toobin documentary? pic.twitter.com/wEFTazOvyq
— Cali Phl. (@C4liCrypto) November 11, 2020
We've finally reached the climax of the Jeffrey Toobin story https://t.co/i7aL26OtKQ
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) November 11, 2020
When Jeffrey Toobin comes back to CNN, it'll be like he never missed a beat.
— Michael Berry (@MichaelBerrySho) November 11, 2020
imagining jeffrey toobin writing that he's a self-starter in a future cover letter and giggling
— josh terry (@JoshhTerry) November 11, 2020
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