Jeffrey Toobin, longtime editorial writer for The New Yorker, was fired from the esteemed publication on Wednesday. His dismissal followed a high-profile suspension of the magazine due to an incident in which he reportedly exposed himself during a zoom video call with colleagues in October.
“I am writing to inform you that our investigation into Jeffrey Toobin is complete and he is therefore no longer affiliated with our company,” wrote Stan Duncan, Chief People Officer of Condé Nast, in a memo to employees received by The Daily Beast. “I want to assure everyone that we take workplace concerns seriously. We are committed to fostering an environment where everyone feels respected and upholding our standards of behavior.
The disgraced journalist also resorted to social media to spread the word. “I was fired by @NewYorker today after 27 years as a staff writer,” Toobin tweeted on Wednesday afternoon. “I will always love the magazine, will miss my colleagues and look forward to reading their work.
I was fired by @NewYorker today after 27 years as a staff writer. I will always love the magazine, will miss my colleagues and look forward to reading their work.
– Jeffrey Toobin (@Jeffrey Toobin) November 11, 2020
On October 19, VICE reported that Toobin was suspended by The New Yorker for apparently exposing himself during a zoom video interview with other New Yorker employees and members of WNYC radio. The incident occurred the week before while the teams were working on a “voting simulation”.
Sources familiar with the incident said that when Toobin was exposed, he apparently participated in another zoom interview, apart from the one with The New Yorker and WNYC staff. They also claimed that Toobin had not planned for his colleagues to see him.
“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake when I thought I was not on camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and colleagues,” Toobin said in a statement to VICE. “I believed that 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.”
Meanwhile, Natalie Raabe, a spokeswoman for The New Yorker, said at the time: “Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended while we are investigating the matter.
Toobin is also currently taking a vacation from CNN, where he works as a legal analyst. “Jeff Toobin has asked for time off while he investigates a personal matter we have granted,” a spokesman for CNN said in a statement at the time.
Washington Newsday contacted CNN for comments on Toobin’s dismissal and received no response at the time of publication.