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Jeffrey Toobin returns to CNN after Zoom call mishap

Jeffrey Toobin
FILE – In this April 4, 2016 file photo, author and CNN commentator Jeffrey Toobin arrives at the “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” For Your Consideration event in Los Angeles. Toobin’s next book will be a probe into Donald Trump’s election. Doubleday announced Tuesday that the book was currently untitled and no release date has been set. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin treads lightly as he returns to the network Thursday for the first time in more than seven months after he was caught masturbating on a Zoom call with former colleagues at The New Yorker.

Toobin, in an interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, said the he was grateful to CNN for another chance and that he was “trying to become the kind of person that people can trust again.”

Camerota asked him bluntly, “what the hell were you thinking?”

“Obviously, I wasn’t thinking very well or very much, “he said.

Toobin was fired by The New Yorker after working there for 27 years, following an investigation into last October’s Zoom call.

Toobin said he has no excuse for his behavior, but mistakenly thought that the camera was off.

Being fired from the magazine was heartbreaking, he said.

“I’ve got to rebuild, “he said. “But I feel very privileged and very lucky that I have the opportunity to do that.”