career bites the dust with a single Zoom video call!
The New Yorker magazine has officially taken action and suspended its most experienced staff writer and legal specialist, Jeffrey Toobin, on the basis of
reports saying that he was caught masturbating during a virtual meeting.
“I made an embarrassingly
stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera,” Toobin said in a statement.
He continued, “I
apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers. I thought I had muted the
Zoom video, I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me.”
He hasn’t confirmed the details of the
He was on a platform Zoom meeting with the staff writers at
The New Yorker and employees from WNYC. The team jointly produced the
magazine’s podcast and was prepping for election coverage at that time.
During the break, Mr. Toobin switched to another video call where he was
apparently having phone sex, and he was caught masturbating on the live video
Toobin is a renowned media analyst in the U.S,
with a working experience of over 25 years at the New Yorker magazine. He is
also CNN’s senior legal analyst.
The magazine’s representative said in a statement
that Toobin “has been suspended while we investigate the matter.”
Editor David Remnick wrote in an email sent to all
the staff members, stating, “Dear All, as
you may have read in various news reports today, one of our writers, Jeff
Toobin was suspended after an incident on a Zoom call last week. Please be
assured that we take such matters seriously and that we are looking into it.”
CNN also released a statement stating that Toobin
“has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we
Such embarrassing mishaps and blunders have been
on the rise since the video-meeting service Zoom rose in popularity after the
pandemic. Similar incidents of numerous public figures messing up during virtual
meetings while believing that they had muted their camera were reported in
Brazil and Spain.