Actress Whoopi Goldberg is back at “The View” after she made controversial comments about the Holocaust.
Roughly two weeks ago, 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 was met with immediate controversy.
“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.”
Whoopi Goldberg Apologizes After ADL & More Step In
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) February 1, 2022
The Anti-Defamation League, the Auschwitz Memorial, the Holocaust Museum, and many other organizations criticized Whoopi’s comments on social media.
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.
Whoopi apologized live on air on “The View” the next day.
Whoopi Goldberg Apologizes Again: ‘Words Matter And Mine Are No Exception’
The very next day, 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.”
Later that night, ABC President Kim Goodwin announced that Whoopi would be suspended for two weeks due to her remarks.
Whoopi Goldberg Faces Two-Week Suspension From ‘The View’
— 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.”
Whoopi Goldberg Was Reportedly ‘Livid’ About Her Suspension
According to the New York Post, Whoopi was so “livid” with her suspension that she was considering leaving “The View” for good.
“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 despite her apology.
“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 Returns To ‘The View’: ‘We’re Going To Keep Having Tough Conversations’
Whoopi returned to “The View” on Monday, February 14. Whoopi opened the show by letting viewers know, “Yes, I am back.”
“We’re going to keep having tough conversations,” Goldberg said. “And in part, because this is what we’ve been hired to do. And it’s not always pretty, as I said, and it is not always as other people would like to hear. But it is an honor to sit at this table and be able to have these conversations because they are important. They are important to us as a nation and to us more so as a human entity.”