Jeffrey Toobin returns to CNN, eight months after Zoom incident.

Journalist Jeffrey Tobin has resumed his role as chief legal analyst at CNN eight months after exposing himself on a Zoom call with colleagues at Yorker, where he was a longtime staff writer.

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After the October incident, the magazine fired Mr Tubin and he took an indefinite leave from CNN, where he was one of the cable channel’s most recognizable commentators. On Thursday, he reappeared on the network – to the surprise of some journalists out there – and again apologizing for his actions, saying, “It was wrong, it was stupid, and I’m trying to be a better person.” I am.”

Mr Tobin spoke with anchor Alisin Camerota, who summarized the events that prompted his temporary departure from the public eye.

“In October, you were on a Zoom call with your colleagues at Yorker magazine,” Ms Camarota told . “Everyone took a break of several minutes, during which you were caught on camera masturbating. You were later fired from that job after working 27 years, and have been on CNN leave since then. Do I have it all right?”

“You are all right,” replied Mr. Tobin, “that is sad to say.”

CNN confirmed Mr Tobin has returned to his role, but declined to comment beyond his on-air remarks.

Unlike Yorker – who immediately suspended Mr Tobin, investigated his behavior and subsequently fired him – CNN was opaque in its response to the incident, saying only at the time that it had accepted his request for the time being. “While he deals with a personal issue.”

On Thursday, Mr Tobin told viewers that he forgot to turn off his camera during the call and did not know his colleagues could see him. “It was deeply moral and unforgivable,” he said, adding that he had spent the past several months – “the saddest months in my life” – “pursuing therapy, trying to do some public service, working in a food bank. , which I will certainly continue to do.”

“I’m trying to be the kind of person that people can trust again,” he said.

An on-screen graphic read during the interview: “Jeffrey Tubin apologizes for ’embarrassingly stupid’.”

CNN and its president, Jeff Zucker, have been condoning omissions by major network personalities in recent weeks.

CNN’s highest-rated prime time host Chris Cuomo apologized on-air last month after it emerged he had given political advice to his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is facing a series of sexual assault allegations. are. This was a clear violation of traditional journalistic ethics, but Chris Cuomo faced no internal discipline.

Several times on Thursday, Mr Tobin expressed gratitude that CNN had reinstated his previous role. He said he believed Yorker’s decision to sack him was “an extreme punishment,” adding, “I’m incredibly grateful to CNN for backing me up. But, you know, others.” People are going to care whether it was appropriate for them to get rid of me and keep me for CNN.”

His prediction about criticism quickly came true.

“This is garbage,” wrote Meghan McCain, the conservative co-host of “The View” on ABC, on Twitter after learning of Mr Tobin’s return. “What does this have to do with working in a food bank?”

In front of CNN cameras, Mr Tobin answered a series of questions about Ms Camerota’s own scandal before turning to the day, offering his analysis of a court decision that overturned an assault weapons ban in California.

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