On Monday morning’s episode of the ABC talk show “The View,” cohost Joy Behar defended Jeffrey Toobin after he got his job as a CNN legal analyst back last week following his masturbation scandal.
While Behar was quick to defend Toobin, she didn’t think it was fair that CNN host Alisyn Camerota had to interview him.
“With all the men on CNN’s payroll, they had to give it to poor Alisyn Camerota,” Behar said. “She didn’t deserve that. It was embarrassing and uncomfortable, and manipulative, I thought.”
Camerota interviewed Toobin on Friday eight months after he was caught masturbating during a Zoom call with his “New Yorker” colleagues.
“In October, you were on a Zoom call with your colleagues from the ‘New Yorker’ magazine,” Camerota said to Toobin at the start of the interview. “Everyone took a break for several minutes, during which time you were caught masturbating on camera. You were subsequently fired from that job, after 27 years of working there. And you, since then, have been on leave from CNN.”
Toobin replied by saying that what he did was “deeply moronic and indefensible,” later adding that he hopes “to be a better person off-camera as well as on camera.”
This seemed to be enough to satisfy Behar.
“He said that he wants to be a better person. He’s working at a food bank. I don’t see the correlation between needing to engage Mr. Happy and being a bad person,” Behar said of Toobin. “I mean, maybe it causes blindness, but I don’t see how it causes you to be a bad person.”
Behar added that everyone would be considered a “bad person” for “doing what he was doing at home alone in their house,” adding, “He didn’t know the thing was running, of course, so we forgive him that.”
“I’m not judging the guy, I mean it shows how boring these Zoom meetings are, that he couldn’t even wait between meetings to get himself involved with himself,” Behar continued, going on to call out other famous men who have gotten in trouble for masturbating in front of others without their consent.
“Does this mean that Al Franken — get him back into the Senate — let’s get him back because I don’t know what he did that is worse than any of this,” Behar concluded. “I really don’t understand the rules and regulations of this — What is accountable and what’s not accountable, frankly.”
Check out Behar’s full comments below.
This piece was written by James Samson on June 15, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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