61-year-old Jeffrey Toobin of CNN is accused of exposing his penis and masturbating during a Zoom call with colleagues.
After Toobin issued an apology, CNN decided to keep him employed even though his other employer, The New Yorker, appropriately fired him.
“Above all, I am sorry to my wife and to my family, but I’m also sorry to the people on the Zoom call,” Toobin said.
“I’m sorry to my current, fortunately, still colleagues at CNN,” he continued. “And I’m sorry to the people who read my work and watched me on CNN who thought I was a better person than this.”
Left-wing comedian Kathy Griffin is infuriated by this decision from CNN, calling it a “double standard.”
Griffin was dropped by CNN in 2017 as co-host of its New Year’s Eve program after she posted a photo of herself holding a severed model head of then-President Donald Trump.
During an appearance on ABC’s “The View,” Griffin said, “I think there’s another conversation that we’re not ready to have yet in this country unfortunately.”
“I think we’re hopefully making some strides finally with race. We’re having conversations at least.”
“But I think that we haven’t really talked about the level of misogyny and ageism that went along with all that,” Griffin said.
“You know, I got canned from CNN, which hurt me a lot personally because I loved that gig,” she said.
“But then for me to watch Jeffrey Toobin talking about women’s choice after he masturbated on a Zoom call,” she added. “Which I know sounds funny, but maybe it wasn’t so funny for the other ladies who worked at The Atlantic [sic] that had to see that.”
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Co-host Joy Behar chimed in, pointing out that Toobin claimed it was an accident that he masturbated while on the call.
“OK, well good for him. I’m just saying it’s easy, when a guy does something we joke about it, and I do believe there’s a double standard,” Griffin said.
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Griffin previously retracted an apology she made to Trump for the photo incident, and she reposted the picture the night of the 2020 election.
Griffin discussed her physical and mental struggles on Thursday as well, delving into a suicide attempt she made last year and her recent battle with cancer. The latter has left her with a noticeably higher voice after surgery to remove part of her left lung.