Writer Jeffrey Toobin fired from New Yorker after exposing himself on Zoom
Toobin got encouraging words from ex-gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, who had his own destructive public incident.
Author and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin was fired from The New Yorker after 27 years as a renowned staff writer. The dismissal came after Toobin exposed himself on a Zoom call with colleagues in October.
He announced the decision Wednesday on Twitter: “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.”
One comment of encouragement came from former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, who had his own destructive public incident. “Be kind to yourself, Jeffrey,” he tweeted in response. “You are still the same brilliant, passionate and caring person you were when I first met you. Onward and upward!”
Stan Duncan, chief people officer at Condé Nast, the parent company of The New Yorker, sent an email to employees that announced the decision internally. It was obtained by CNN.
“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.”
“I want to assure everyone that we take workplace matters seriously,” Duncan conitinued. “We are committed to fostering an environment where everyone feels respected and upholds our standards of conduct.”
CNN has not made a decision about whether or not Toobin will remain the news channel’s chief legal analyst.
Following October;s online incident, he requested time off, and he remains on personal leave.
Toobin’s 1997 book, “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” became the basis of a 10-episode FX American Crime Story show, the first anthology in the series, in 2016.
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, won numerous accolades, including several Emmy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Golden Globe for Best Limited Series or Television Film.
Simpson himself poked fun at the situation in a short video posted on Twitter, in which he said, “Daaaaamn, Jeffrey Toobin. At least Pee-Wee Herman was in an X-rated movie theater. ‘I’m just saying.”