Jeffrey Toobin Officially Fired By 'The New Yorker' for Inappropriate Zoom Conduct

Jeffrey Toobin, longtime staff writer for The New Yorker, was fired from the esteemed publication on Wednesday. His dismissal comes after a high-profile suspension from the magazine because of an incident in which he reportedly exposed himself during a Zoom video call with colleagues in October.

"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's chief people officer, Stan Duncan, wrote in a memo to employees, obtained by The Daily Beast. "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."

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The New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin attends the 2010 New Yorker Festival at Le Poisson Rouge on October 2, 2010 in New York City. Joe Kohen/Getty Images for The New Yorker

The disgraced journalist also took to social media to share the news. "I was fired today by @NewYorker after 27 years as a Staff Writer," Toobin tweeted on Wednesday afternoon. "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

On October 19, VICE reported that Toobin was suspended from The New Yorker because he appeared to expose himself during a Zoom video call with other New Yorker staff members and members of WNYC radio. The incident happened the previous week, while the teams were working on an "election simulation."

Sources familiar with the incident said that as Toobin exposed himself, he appeared to be participating in another Zoom call, aside from the one with The New Yorker and WNYC staff. They also claimed that Toobin did not plan on his colleagues seeing him.

"I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers," Toobin said in a statement to 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."

Meanwhile, Natalie Raabe, a spokesperson for The New Yorker, said at the time, "Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended while we investigate the matter."

Toobin is also currently taking leave from CNN, where he works as a legal analyst. "Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted," a spokesperson from CNN said in a statement at the time.

Newsweek reached out to CNN for comment regarding Toobin's firing, and did not hear back at the time of publication.