Jeffrey Toobin is back at CNN eight months after exposing himself on Zoom

Jeffrey Toobin, CNN’s longtime chief legal analyst, has returned to the network eight months after he exposed himself during a Zoom call with New Yorker colleagues.

On Wednesday afternoon Toobin was interviewed about that incident, and about recent legal news, by anchor Alisyn Camerota on “CNN Newsroom.”

“I feel like we should address what’s happened in the months since we’ve seen you,” Camerota said. She summarized the situation and said “to quote Jay Leno, ‘what the hell were you thinking?'”

Toobin said his conduct “was deeply moronic and indefensible.”

He said “I didn’t think other people could see me” but admitted that was no defense.

Toobin also said he has relayed apologies in both public and private for his mistake.

Going forward, Toobin will be back on CNN regularly in his chief legal analyst role, a spokesman confirmed.

Toobin was sidelined last October after what happened on the Zoom call became public.

Going forward, Toobin will be back on CNN regularly in his chief legal analyst role, a spokesman confirmed.

People familiar with the matter said that Toobin exposed himself when he began masturbating during the Zoom, apparently as part of a different video call. The sources said they did not believe he intended his colleagues to witness it.

When Vice heard about the incident and reported it, Toobin admitted that he “made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera.”

The New Yorker suspended Toobin and fired him a month later.

CNN took a different approach. The network said he asked for some time off “while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted.” This turned into a leave of absence without any clear sign of whether he’d ultimately return.

Toobin’s viewers occasionally inquired about whether he’d be back on the air, and neither he nor CNN commented.

Some anchors and hosts at CNN also expressed a desire to have Toobin back on their shows, since he has been a leading legal voice on television for decades.