The shake-up at CNN has snared its first major victim.
Radar has exclusively learned Jeffrey Toobin, the CNN legal analyst and former The New Yorker writer who masturbated during a Zoom work meeting in 2020, has been benched from CNN’s primetime line-up — at a time when his wisdom would have once been the go-to source for anchors.
But instead of calling upon the veteran to discuss the FBI raid on Donald Trump, viewers of the troubled network are seeing and hearing a lot more from Elie Honig, who was the Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2004 to 2012.
Honig has quickly become a new “favorite” of CNN boss Chris Licht, sources at the network told RadarOnline.com.
“It’s all over for Toobin,” one insider said. “Licht’s whole era has been about restoring the credibility of an influential news network. He doesn’t see how Toobin can remain on the air for the long-haul.
“When his contract is up, expect Toobin to make a quiet exit stage right.”
Tellingly, a RadarOnline.com review of CNN’s airwaves shows Toobin — who carries the lofty title of chief legal analyst — has not appeared on air since August 4.
“Ellie is the heir apparent to Toobin,” added the source.
“When a big story breaks, Ellie is leading the pack of talking heads. The playbook of producers once was, ‘Call Jeffrey’. It’s not anymore and that decision came from the top.”
He controversially returned to the airwaves eight months after being banned and described himself as being a “flawed human being who makes mistakes.”
Toobin added his conduct was “deeply moronic and indefensible.”
He said: "I didn't think other people could see me!"
Former CNN boss Jeff Zucker, who was ousted after RadarOnline.com exclusively revealed his torrid affair with a subordinate staffer, welcomed Toobin back to the network without even a hint of apology.
One of those children, his youngest, a son named Rory, is a love child with Casey Greenfield, the woman with whom Toobin cheated on his wife. At the time of the extramarital affair, it was reported Toobin tried to force Greenfield to have an abortion — and even offered to pay her to do it.
No nonsense Licht has promised a shake-up of the network. His first order of business was to place partisan hosts like Brian Stelter and Jim Acosta on notice and most recently, he toured the corridors of power in D.C. to win back republican lawmakers.