Vice Media reported earlier Monday that Toobin had exposed himself during a Zoom meeting with staffers of the New Yorker and WNYC radio. Toobin told Vice on Monday that he believed he wasn't visible and that he thought he had muted the Zoom video.
"I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera," he said. "I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers."
A CNN spokesperson said in a statement that "Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted. The 60-year-old Toobin has been a New Yorker writer for more than 20 years and joined CNN in 2002.
He is the author of several books, most recently True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump, published in August.