It was bound to happen with all these zooms, Jeffrey Toobin, CNN’s chief legal analyst and a reporter for The New Yorker, has been sidelined at a pivotal moment in the run-up to the presidential election, because he had his meat out during a Zoom call with colleagues in what he says was an accident.
Reporter and CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin started trending on Monday after it was revealed he exposed his penis during a Zoom meeting last week.
As Vice reports, Toobin has since been suspended from the New Yorker for the incident, which he has apologized for. In a statement, he wrote, “I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers.” He added, “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.”
The call was conducted between members of the New Yorker and WNYC public radio. According to Motherboard, the call was an election simulation featuring many staff members from the New Yorker. There were also a handful of other producers on the call from the New Yorker and WNYC.
While Toobin has yet to tweet since the incident took place, he has since appeared on CNN.
“Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended while we investigate the matter,” said New Yorker spokesperson Natalie Raabe. CNN, meanwhile, shared a statement that indicated Toobin “asked for some time off.”
See reactions to the “Zoom dick” incident below.
Just… wow. Jeffrey Toobin’s apology is the weirdest part, it’s basically "I’m sorry I didn’t turn the camera off" instead of "I’m sorry that I’m a psycho and whipped my dick out during a work zoom".
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) October 19, 2020
Last week I was getting dressed during my husband's Zoom meeting because I thought his camera was off and his entire team saw my ass for a good 15 seconds. I'm not saying Jeffrey Toobin didn't intentionally show his whole hog on Zoom, I just wanted to contribute to the discourse
— Ej Dickson (@ejdickson) October 19, 2020
“i thought i had muted the video” is killing me https://t.co/tPgFyWRhWv
— my pal andy (@andylevy) October 19, 2020
need to know who told jeffrey toobin the camera was on
— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) October 19, 2020
I misread the Jeffrey Toobin story and got confused because I thought he had exposed himself as a dick years ago.
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) October 19, 2020
Excited to announce my new job as Jeffrey Toobin's new literary agent. Now to take a big sip of coffee and read the news.
— John Carpenter's Maggie Serota (@maggieserota) October 19, 2020
“What happened to Jeffrey Toobin on Zoom that caused New Yorker to suspend him?”
The New Yorker: pic.twitter.com/00ShSziv7Y
— ??????? ???? (@exavierpope) October 19, 2020
zoom dick!!! and it's only monday!!!!!
— karen han (@karenyhan) October 19, 2020
showed my hog on zoom i been going brazy brazy
and now my publisher got me under investigation
they know they talk that dick talk that dick talk
they know we talk that lick talk that lick talk
— Trey Smith (@SlimiHendrix) October 19, 2020
maybe the real zoom dick is the friends we made along the way
— ? Imani Gandy Corn ? (@AngryBlackLady) October 19, 2020
The Jeffrey Toobin incident isn't really that big a thing: CNN always knew, with him, they were getting a package deal.
— Robert A George (@RobGeorge) October 19, 2020
The original Zoom dick incident pic.twitter.com/2Ns4IzVO6Z
— Chris Stanton (@chrisstanton27) October 19, 2020
And then there’s OJ
— O.J. Simpson (@TheRealOJ32) October 20, 2020