Jeffrey Toobin exits CNN

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CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin announced that he is departing CNN, marking the end of a career spanning nearly 20 years at the network.

Toobin indicated that Friday was his last day on air and encouraged his fans to be on the lookout for his upcoming book about the Oklahoma City bombing, slated for release in 2023.

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“Friends, I’ve decided that, after 20 years, I’m leaving @cnn after my vacation. Was great to spend my last day on air with pals Wolf, Anderson and Don. Love all my former colleagues. Watch for my next book, about the Oklahoma City bombing, coming in 2023 from @simonandschuster,” he tweeted.

As a leading legal analyst at the network, Toobin helped inform CNN viewers about some of the hottest legal happenings in the country. He weighed in on everything from the recent overturn of abortion precedents first set in Roe v. Wade, the trial of George Zimmerman, to the impeachment efforts against former President Donald Trump.

His tenure at CNN had been mired in controversy after he was suspended for exposing himself to colleagues at the New Yorker. The incident took place during a Zoom call. He claimed he was unaware the camera was live when it occurred, but he was booted from the magazine nonetheless and was suspended from CNN until his return eight months later in June 2021.

“I am trying to become the kind of person that people can trust again,” Toobin told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota after his return.

Jeffrey Toobin
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

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Toobin has also faced controversy for allegedly having sex with a mistress in 2008, according to the New York Times. He then reportedly tried to persuade her to obtain an abortion but was unsuccessful, the New York Daily News reported. The pair then had a legal battle over child support and custody of the child.

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A former pupil of famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz during the duo’s Harvard University days, Toobin joined CNN in 2002. He sent a letter to his CNN colleagues Friday briefing them on his departure, Variety reported.

Toobin’s exit comes amid a shake up at the cable news network following CNN’s former parent company, WarnerMedia, and its recent merger with Discovery. After Jeff Zucker resigned from the network over a previously undisclosed relationship with a colleague earlier this year, Chris Licht took the reins as CEO. The network has recently been dogged by sagging profit projections amid a ratings slump.