ABC, the network that owns the popular show “the View,” suspended host Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks. This is following controversial remarks she said on-air about the Holocaust.
ABC Suspends Whoopi Goldberg for Two Weeks
ABC News President Kim Godwin issued a statement on the matter Tuesday evening. “Effective immediately, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her wrong and hurtful comments,” she said.
Despite Goldberg issuing an apology, Godwin asked the celebrity to take time to reflect and learn about her comments’ impact.
“The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, and communities,” Godwin added.
Goldberg Argued the Holocaust Isn’t About Race
Last Monday, Whoopi Goldberg went viral over her comments that race had nothing to do with the Holocaust. All her co-hosts seemed stunned when she declared her position. Co-host Jo Behar then asked Goldberg what she thought of the Holocaust.
“It’s about man’s inhumanity to man, that’s what it’s about,” Goldberg said. However, co-host Ana Navarro tried to put in her two cents. “But it’s about a White supremacist going after Jews and Gypsies,” she argued.
“But these are two White groups of people,” Goldberg replied, leaving her colleagues surprised. Immediately, The View’s phone lines lit up. Jewish groups condemned Whoopi Goldberg’s statements. Some accused her of marginalizing Jewish suffering.
Whoopi Goldberg Attempted To Explain Remarks During Late Show
On an appearance later that day at “The Late Show,” Goldberg attempted to explain her remarks to host Stephen Colbert. She said it was never her intention to upset a lot of people.
In addition, she also believed that she was having a discussion at the time. “I think of race as being something that I can see… “You couldn’t tell who was Jewish. They had to delve deeply to figure it out… My point is, they had to do the work.”
In addition, Goldberg said she’ll need to understand what happened. “I don’t want to fake apologize…I’m very upset that people misunderstood what I was saying,” she added later during her pre-taped interview.
Whoopi Goldberg Also Issued An Apology
Earlier, Whoopi Goldberg also issued an apology for her comments. “On today's show, I said the Holocaust ‘is not about race, but about man’s inhumanity to man.' I should have said it is about both,” she said.
She quoted Jonathan Greenblatt from the Anti-Defamation League. “The Holocaust was about the Nazi's systematic annihilation of the Jewish people,” she said.
They deemed Jews as an inferior race. For that, she said that she stands corrected. “The Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never [waver]. I'm sorry for the hurt I have caused,” Goldberg added.
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