Actress Whoopi Goldberg has been suspended from “The View” but not all people are happy about it.
On Monday, Whoopi and her cohosts were talking about the controversial banning of Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel “Maus” in schools. During the discussion, Goldberg said that the Holocaust “was not about race” which caused #firewhoopi to start trending online.
“If you’re going to do this, then let’s be truthful about it,” Goldberg said during the episode. “Because the Holocaust isn’t about race. No, it’s not about race.”
Cohost Joy Behar then asked Goldberg, “Then what was it about?”
“Man’s inhumanity to man,” Goldberg said. “These are two white groups of people.”
ADL, Holocaust Museum & More Try To Set Whoopi Straight, Prompting An Apology
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) February 1, 2022
The Anti-Defamation League, the Auschwitz Memorial, the Holocaust Museum, and many other organizations criticized Whoopi’s remarks, which prompted her apology.
No @WhoopiGoldberg, the #Holocaust was about the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people – who they deemed to be an inferior race. They dehumanized them and used this racist propaganda to justify slaughtering 6 million Jews. Holocaust distortion is dangerous. #ENOUGH https://t.co/koS1kuspqV
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) January 31, 2022
“On today’s show, I said the Holocaust ‘is not about race, but about man’s inhumanity to man,’” she began. “I should’ve 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.”
“The Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never waiver,” she continued. “I’m sorry for the hurt I have caused.”
“Written with my sincerest apologies, Whoopi Goldberg,” she concluded.
Some fans thought that her Twitter apology was not enough, and Whoopi apologized again on Tuesday’s episode of “The View.”
Whoopi Goldberg Apologizes On ‘The View,’ Claims She ‘Misspoke’
On Tuesday’s episode, Whoopi apologized again and said that she “misspoke” and meant no offense to the Jewish community.
“I tweeted about it last night but I kind of want you to hear it from me directly,” she said. “I feel a responsibility. My words upset so many people, which was never my intention. I understand why. The information I got was really helpful.”
“I said the Holocaust wasn’t about race and was instead about man’s inhumanity to man,” she went on. “It is indeed about race because Hitler and the Nazis considered Jews to be the inferior race.”
“Words matter and mine are no exception,” she added. “I regret my comments and I stand corrected.”
Shortly after, it was reported that Whoopi’s agents were in “full panic mode” after it seemed that the backlash wasn’t about to subside.
Inside Source Claims This ‘Isn’t Going To Just Blow Over’
On Tuesday afternoon, Page Six exclusively reported that Whoopi’s agents were “panicking” as #firewhoopi continued to trend on Twitter.
“ABC staffers and Disney Network execs are saying Whoopi went way too far,” an inside source claimed. “And board members are not happy with her apology and want a fuller retraction. The word is that Whoopi is in ‘deep s–t.'”
“Why does Whoopi seemingly get a pass when others don’t?” the source added. “Perhaps this time she won’t. Many at the network — including her fellow hosts — believe Whoopi is too controversial now for the show.”
The inside source warned that this “isn’t just going to blow over.”
“This will cast a shadow over everything for a while,” they continued. “Even Joy Behar was heard saying backstage that Whoopi is ‘dead wrong’ and may not ever recover from this. Joy found this particularly troubling and couldn’t believe Whoopi wouldn’t stand corrected until she was forced.”
“[Whoopi’s] agents are panicking that she may have ruined herself for good,” the source continued. “Plus, now she has to worry about potential death threats.”
On Tuesday night, ABC decided to pursue disciplinary action by issuing Goldberg a two-week suspension.
Whoopi Goldberg SUSPENDED: ‘ABC News Stands In Solidarity With Our Jewish Colleagues’
— ABC News PR (@ABCNewsPR) February 2, 2022
“Effective immediately, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her wrong and hurtful comments,” the message read. “While Whoopi has apologized, I’ve asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments. The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family and communities.”
Deadline also received an internal memo that Goodwin sent exclusively to staff, calling Whoopi’s comments “misinformed, upsetting, and hurtful.” Goodwin stated that “words matter and we must be cognizant of the impact our words have.”
‘The View’ Hosts DEFEND Whoopi Goldberg: ‘Whoopi Is A Lifelong Ally’
According to network insiders, Whoopi’s cohosts Sunny Hostin, Joy Behar, and Ana Navarro are all furious that Whoopi was suspended for her comments.
“I love Whoopi Goldberg. I love ‘The View,’” Navarro told The Daily Beast on Tuesday. “This was an incredibly unfortunate incident.”
“Whoopi is a lifelong ally to the Jewish community,” she added. “She is not an anti-Semite, period. I am sad. And I have nothing else to say.”
Later that night, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt appeared on CNN and told news anchor Don Lemon that he hoped Whoopi would use her suspension “for a process of introspection and learning.”
When Lemon mentioned that some people felt that a suspension was too harsh, Greenblatt replied, “We sometimes have people in public places who can say clumsy things about race or faith or gender.”
“I don’t believe in cancel culture,” he went on. “I like the phrase that my friend Nick Cannon uses: ‘We need counsel culture.’ We shouldn’t cancel Whoopi because she made a mistake.”
“I heard Whoopi say that she’s committed to doing better,” he continued. “I accept that apology with the sincerity with which she delivered it.”
Whoopi has yet to issue a formal response regarding her suspension.