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Longtime CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin Calling It Quits

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Another noted CNN contributor and personality is leaving the scandal-rocked network.

Longtime legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, who recently survived a masturbation episode that led to his firing from New York Magazine, has announced he is leaving the legacy news network.

Toobin abruptly made his announcement on Friday as it looked as though CNN was not likely to renew his contract, Deadline reported.

“Friends, I’ve decided that, after 20 years, I’m leaving @cnn after my vacation,” Toobin tweeted. “Was great to spend my last day on air with pals Wolf [Blitzer], Anderson [Cooper] and Don [Lemon]. Love all my former colleagues.”

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In a letter to colleagues, according to Variety, Toobin said: “I wanted to let you know that after twenty years I’ve decided to leave CNN after my vacation.

“It was great to spend my last day on air, like so many before, with my pals at [The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer], [Anderson Cooper 360] and Don Lemon Tonight. It’s been a privilege (and fun) being your colleague. The work of CNN is enormously important, and I know you’ll continue doing it with the same passion and intelligence as always,” he added.

“We are grateful for Jeffrey’s contributions to the network over the years and wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” CNN noted in a statement, via Variety.

Toobin apparently has not been on the air since Aug. 3, Deadline said.

In his tweet, he also promoted a new book about the Oklahoma City bombing that is due out in 2023. It’s being published by Simon & Schuster.

The New York Post adds:

Toobin’s 27-year career with the New Yorker was marred by an October 2020 Zoom call with colleagues where he was seen pleasuring himself. Conde Nast, the magazine’s parent company, axed Toobin after a three-week investigation, but he returned to the airwaves on CNN in July 2021 after a leave of absence.

Upon his return to CNN, Toobin addressed the controversy and called it “deeply moronic.”

“I didn’t think other people could see me,” the legal analyst told anchor Alisyn Camerota.“I have tried, and I am trying now, to say how sorry I am, sincerely, in all seriousness.

“Above all, I am sorry to my wife and to my family but I am also sorry to the people on the Zoom call, I’m sorry to my former colleagues at the New Yorker, I’m sorry to my current, fortunately, still colleagues at CNN and I’m sorry to the people who read my work and who watched me on CNN and thought I was a better person than this,” Toobin added.

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The network received some criticism for deciding to hang onto the legal analyst following the embarrassing episode.

Conservative pundits and commentators had some fun at Toobin’s expense after hearing about his departure.

“He’s quitting to spend more time with himself,” podcaster Noam Blum responded.

“Apparently, among the other things that he has his hands on, he’ll have his hands on plenty of time,” conservative activist Ned Ryun added.

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“Jeffrey Toobin is leaving CNN to spend some more time with himself,” journalist Stephen L. Miller responded.

“And sometimes he really shows his love for his colleagues,” New York Post writer Kelly Jane Torrance wrote.

“Toob out,” quipped Washington Free Beacon investigative reporter Chuck Ross.

“You’re more of a solo act anyway,” journalist Ryan Girdusky joked.

“He finished,” wrote NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck.

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“‘One last show for the road’ (sends Zoom link to colleagues),” added a Twitter user.

“I’ve got to hand it to him, a vacation is the perfect happy ending, I guess he finally thought it was time to beat it,” another user comedically noted.

CNN’s ratings have been abysmal for most of the past year, declining rapidly after former President Donald Trump left office.

Various reporting since then has indicated that major personnel and personality changes are coming to the network, though no major announcements have been made along those lines.

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