Whoopi Goldberg Suspended from 'The View' over Holocaust Comments
Liberal co-host suspended by ABC 'effective immediately'
Liberal co-host Whoopie Goldberg has been suspended by ABC News after making controversial remarks about the Holocaust on "The View."
During Monday's broadcast of the show, Goldberg attempted to downplay the Holocaust by claiming the Nazis were not motivated by racism.
The comments triggered a widespread backlash, even leaving Goldberg's far-left co-hosts of "The View" stunned by the remarks.
"Effective immediately, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her wrong and hurtful comments," ABC News president Kim Godwin said in a Tuesday evening statement.
"While Whoopi has apologized, I've asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments," Godwin added.
"The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, and communities."
The statement from Godwin was posted to Twitter by an official ABC account:
Goldberg went viral on Monday when she argued that the Holocaust "isn't about race," stunning her colleagues at the table.
"What is it about?" co-host Joy Behar asked.
"It’s about man’s inhumanity to man, that’s what it’s about," Goldberg said.
"But it’s about a white supremacist going after Jews and Gypsies," guest co-host Ana Navarro said as Goldberg attempted to speak over her.
"But these are two white groups of people," Goldberg said as her colleagues disagreed.
Sparks fly as The View panel confronts Whoopi after she says "the Holocaust isn't about race. No. It's not about race."— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) January 31, 2022
"Well, the considered Jews a different race," Joy Behar says.
"But it's about white supremacy. It's about going after Jews and Gypsies," Ana Navarro adds. pic.twitter.com/GZwZSi2qXi
Jewish groups condemned the comments, accusing her of minimizing Jewish suffering.
Goldberg attempted to explain her remarks during her appearance on "The Late Show."
"It upset a lot of people which was never, ever, ever, ever my intention," Goldberg told Stephen Colbert.
"I thought we were having a discussion.
"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."
She also told Colbert, "I don’t want to fake apologize…
"I’m very upset that people misunderstood what I was saying."
Before the pre-taped interview aired on CBS, Goldberg issued an apology.
"I should have said it is about both.
"As Jonathan Greenblatt from the Anti-Defamation League shared, ‘The Holocaust was about the Nazi's systematic annihilation of the Jewish people - who they deemed to be an inferior race.'
"I stand corrected," Goldberg added.
"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 reiterated the sentiment on Tuesday's installment of "The View," saying she "regrets" her comments.
ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt also joined the program to educate Goldberg about the Holocaust.