Actress Whoopi Goldberg was suspended from “The View” earlier this week after making controversial comments about the Holocaust.
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 “isn’t about race” which caused immediate backlash online.
“If you’re going to do this, then let’s be truthful about it,” Goldberg said on air. “Because the Holocaust isn’t about race. No, it’s not about race.”
Cohost Joy Behar asked Goldberg, “Then what was it about?”
“Man’s inhumanity to man,” Goldberg replied. “These are two white groups of people.”
A Source Claims That ‘The View’ Is ‘Not What Barbara Walters Would Have Wanted’
According to People, an inside source said that “everyone is despondent” following Whoopi’s suspension from “The View.”
The source said that the recent controversy over Whoopi’s comments would have been upsetting to Barbara Walters, who was on the first panel of women on “The View” in 1997 and stayed with the show until her retirement in 2014.
“It’s like watching a family member spiral downward,” the source stated. “It was described by people there as ‘mayhem.'”
“There is no accountability [anymore],” the source continued. “Part of being ‘produced’ means being told what you don’t want to hear, so you get it right. When you make a mistake or look arrogant — it’s important to not be surrounded by ‘yes men.'”
“Whoopi is the alpha,” the source added. “She’s the moderator and a pop culture icon. This is not what Barbara Walters wanted and there was nobody there to push back.”
A separate insider reportedly claimed, “Words matter and when you are on live TV, this is why you have to think before you speak.”
Whoopi Goldberg Is ‘Humiliated’ After Being Suspended
According to the New York Post, Whoopi is “livid” with her suspension and threatening to quit the show.
“Her ego has been hurt and she’s telling people she’s going to quit,” one source reported. “Suspension from ‘The View’ is like getting suspended from Bravo. The bar is very low.”
The source added that Whoopi feels “humiliated” that she was suspended even after she had apologized for her comments.
“She feels ABC executives mishandled this,” the source claimed. “She followed their playbook. She went on ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ and then apologized again on ‘The View’ the next day.”
Whoopi Goldberg Apologized: ‘I’m Sorry For The Hurt I Have Caused’
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) February 1, 2022
The Anti-Defamation League, the Auschwitz Memorial, the Holocaust Museum, and many other organizations responded to Whoopi’s comments on social media, which prompted an 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 Again: ‘My Words Upset So Many People’
On the day of her suspension, Whoopi apologized again on “The View” and said that she “misspoke.”
“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.”