Meghan McCain and Megyn Kelly criticize CNN for allowing ‘dinosaur’ Zoom perv Jeffrey Toobin

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CNN analyst and fired New Yorker magazine writer Jeffrey Toobin is back on air eight months after he was caught masturbating during a work Zoom call, and conservative news pundits aren’t happy about it

Meghan McCain, co-host of ‘The View’ and Megyn Kelly, the former Fox News host, sued CNN for welcoming Toobin this week after suspending him over the incident last fall.

Toobin, 60, was fired from his regular writing position at New Yorker magazine in November after exposing himself to colleagues during the video call a month earlier.

“This is rubbish,” McCain tweeted Thursday. “Why is the media protecting these ancient white male dinosaurs in this industry?”

“No woman on PLANET EARTH would be welcome on network TV again after being caught masturbating in front of her colleagues.”

Meghan McCain sparks outrage at CNN for hosting Jeffrey Toobin back on air, eight months after he was caught masturbating during a Zoom conference call at work

Megyn Kelly also spoke out against the network for bringing Toobin back

Meghan McCain and Megyn Kelly spark outrage at CNN for hosting Jeffrey Toobin back on the air, eight months after he was caught masturbating during a Zoom conference call at work

McCain expressed her disgust in a tweet on Thursday, writing: 'This is rubbish'

McCain expressed her disgust in a tweet on Thursday, writing: ‘This is rubbish’

Toobin was first welcomed by CNN on Thursday for a fawning interview in which he cringingly apologized to his colleagues for his

Toobin was first welcomed by CNN on Thursday for a fawning interview in which he cringingly apologized to his colleagues for his “deeply moronic” behavior and said he was “incredibly grateful” to be back on the air.

‘What does working at a food bank have to do with this?’ In response to Toobin, McCain asked that he had volunteered since the incident last November.

The lawyer, who is also an analyst for CNN, was only suspended by the cable network at the time.

Toobin was first welcomed by CNN on Thursday for a fawning interview in which he cringingly apologized to his colleagues for his “deeply moronic” behavior and said he was “incredibly grateful” to be back on the air.

“I’m sorry for the people who were on Zoom,” he said in his first interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota.

Meghan McCain, co-host of 'The View', took issue with Toobin's light sentence, calling him a 'dinosaur' and scolding the network for letting him back

Meghan McCain, co-host of ‘The View’, took issue with Toobin’s light sentence, calling him a ‘dinosaur’ and scolding the network for letting him back

McCain wasn’t the only expert calling on the network to get Toobin back on the air. The daughter of the late Arizona Senator John McCain retweeted former Fox News and Today host Megyn Kelly’s tweet echoing her own feelings about Toobin’s light sentence.

“There is no woman alive who could have done anything close to what Jeffrey Toobin did (not who would have done it) and keep her job,” Kelly wrote. “What a disgusting, incestuous boys’ club. So damn tired of it.’

‘SO F****** TIRED OF!!!!’ McCain captioned the retweet.

When asked if he’d thought about what it was like to be on the receiving end of the Zoom call, Toobin said, “They were shocked and horrified.”

“I think they realized this wasn’t for them. I think they realized this was something I would immediately regret, and I certainly did.

“It was then, that day, that I started apologizing and that’s something I’ve tried to continue to do, both publicly and privately.”

Toobin exposed himself to his New Yorker colleagues and masturbated during the Zoom call in October as they prepared for their election coverage.

He still insists he thought he muted himself during the Zoom call and was no longer visible.

‘Of course I didn’t think very well, or very much, and it was something that was inexplicable to me. I wouldn’t say in my defense because there’s nothing in my defense, but I didn’t think I was on the phone. I didn’t think other people could see me. I thought I disabled the Zoom call,” he said.

“That’s not a defense, this was deeply moronic and indefensible, but that’s part of the story.”

Toobin went on to say he had spent “seven miserable months” off-air “trying to become a better person.” He added that he had been in therapy and spent time volunteering.

“I’m trying to become that person again that people can trust,” he said.

Toobin was first welcomed by CNN on Thursday for a fawning interview with Alisyn Camerota, in which he fawningly apologized to his colleagues.

Toobin was first welcomed by CNN on Thursday for a fawning interview with Alisyn Camerota, in which he fawningly apologized to his colleagues.

On his first appearance back on air, Toobin apologized to his wife Amy McIntosh and his three children

On his first appearance back on air, Toobin apologized to his wife Amy McIntosh and his three children

About the New Yorker’s decision to fire him, Toobin said he found the sentence “excessive.”

‘I am a flawed person who makes mistakes. There is no defense for my behavior. The only problem is what the consequences should be.

The New Yorker made one decision about the fallout, CNN made another. I’m not going to come up here and try to split hairs and come up with justifications.

“It was wrong, it was stupid and I’m trying to be a better person.

“I’m incredibly grateful to CNN for taking me back.”

Toobin is now resuming his role as CNN’s legal analyst after the months-long hiatus.

Camerota welcomed him back on the air and told Toobin during their exchange, “Many of us have really missed your legal analysis guiding us through our programs, so let me be the first to welcome you back.”

Twitter immediately lit up after his return to air with some slamming CNN for giving him the platform to explain his “idiotic” behavior.

“Maybe the reason @CNN didn’t share Hunter Biden with the N-word was because they all attended @JeffreyToobin’s welcome party on zoom,” tweeted former White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

Another said, “CNN couldn’t find a legal analyst other than Jeffrey Toobin for their network. Tough times at CNN.”

Others pointed out how awkward the interview was, with one saying, “Happy. How uncomfortable Alisyn Camerota seems to be there with Jeffrey Toobin.’

Toobin had been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 1993 before being fired over the Zoom incident.

He has been a CNN contributor since 2002.

He famously wrote about the OJ Simpson lawsuit for the New Yorker in the 1990s and later wrote a book about his coverage that became the basis of the 2016 TV show The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.

Before joining the New Yorker, Toobin had worked as an assistant United States attorney in Brooklyn and is a graduate of Harvard.

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