Actress Whoopi Goldberg is back on “The View!”
Despite concerns that she was canceled after her recent controversial comments, “The View” ratings dipped during her two-week suspension and then rebounded after she returned.
Why Was Whoopi Goldberg Suspended From ‘The View’?
At the beginning of the month, Whoopi Goldberg was making headlines due to controversial comments she made about the Holocaust on “The View.” Whoopi and her cohosts had been 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 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.”
Whoopi Goldberg ‘Is 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 criticized Whoopi’s Holocaust 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: ‘I Kind Of Want You To Hear It From Me Directly’
The very next day, Whoopi apologized again on “The View” and claimed 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 Was Suspended From ‘The View’ For Two Weeks!
— 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 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 Is On Top Of The World After ‘The View’ Ratings Spike Upon Her Return!
According to the New York Post, a source told the outlet that ratings dropped sharply when she left and only rebounded once she returned.
The source said that Whoopi was pretty happy to hear the news, to say the least. “She’s strutting around the place,” the source said. “She’s peacocking.” They added that the ratings return “proved” to ABC “how valuable she is.”
“Whoopi is untouchable,” the source added. “She’s the queen bee.”
While she was gone, “The View” lost about 283,000 viewers, which marked a new record low for the reason. When she returned, 113,000 viewers returned to the show. While there were still some fans that didn’t return, it’s a pretty staggering spike in viewership.
“With Whoopi out from the show on suspension, the ratings dropped to the lowest in total viewers and key demos of the season,” an insider told the outlet. “At the end of the day, TV is a business. The only thing that really matters is ratings.”
“It turns out that getting kicked off the show was the best thing that happened to her,” the source added. “Now she is more powerful than ever and has the receipts to prove it.”