Whoopi Goldberg has been suspended from The View for two weeks over her Monday remarks concerning the Holocaust, and most of her co-hosts are livid with the community, sources instructed The Daily Beast.
“Effective immediately, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her wrong and hurtful comments. ABC News president Kimberly Godwin said in a note to staff on Tuesday evening. “While Whoopi has apologized, I’ve asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments.”
She added: “The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family and communities.”
Godwin additional mentioned that “these decisions are never easy, but necessary.” While Goldberg’s feedback “do not align” with the values or tradition of ABC News, she added, “it was important” that the View host had an opportunity to address her remarks on Tuesday’s broadcast “and have an educational conversation” with Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.
“I appreciate their conversation and his acknowledgement of Whoopi’s efforts,” Godwin concluded.
“People are really upset and don’t understand why it took two days,” an ABC government instructed The Daily Beast. But a number of sources mentioned that Goldberg’s co-hosts Sunny Hostin, Joy Behar, and Ana Navarro are livid with the community’s choice.
The Oscar-winning actress and comic, who’s been with the present since 2007, sparked widespread backlash on Monday throughout a heated dialogue on the current banning of Maus, an award-winning Holocaust graphic novel by a Tennessee college board. Goldberg repeatedly insisted that the Holocaust was not “about race,” and refused to again down even after a number of co-hosts identified that the objective of Adolf Hitler’s “Final Solution” was “white supremacy.”
“It’s about man’s inhumanity to man,” she declared, including that the Holocaust merely concerned “two white groups of people.”
Goldberg’s remarks have been instantly condemned by the Anti-Defamation League and different Jewish teams, with Greenblatt blasting the View moderator for her “dangerous” distortion of Holocaust historical past.
“[T]he #Holocaust was about the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people—who they deemed to be an inferior race,” he mentioned in a press release on Monday afternoon. “They dehumanized them and used this racist propaganda to justify slaughtering 6 million Jews.”
Though Goldberg apologized on Monday night “for the hurt” she brought about “Jewish people around the world,” she appeared to double down on her remarks on that night’s broadcast of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. (Her look was recorded earlier than she launched a mea culpa.)
“But I assumed it was a salient dialogue as a result of, as a Black particular person, I consider race as being one thing that I can see,” she said to host Stephen Colbert. “So I see you and I know what race you are, and the discussion was about how I felt about that. People were very angry, and they said, ‘No, no, we are a race,’ and I understand. I understand. I felt differently.”
During Tuesday’s broadcast, Goldberg kicked off the program with an expanded apology and a lengthy discussion with Greenblatt.
“I stand corrected and I stand with the Jewish people,” Goldberg said as the ADL boss called for The View to bring on a Jewish host to replace the slot vacated by Meghan McCain.
Reacting to the news of Goldberg’s suspension Tuesday night on CNN, Greenblatt reiterated that her “comments did cause tremendous confusion and hurt” to the Jewish community, especially amid a rash of antisemitic violence across the country. At the same time, he said, he accepted her apology.
“I know she’s been a friend of the Jewish community all throughout her career. And I respect that and appreciate it,” he added. “I can’t comment on ABC News’ internal process. But what I will say is that I hope Whoopi can use the next two weeks for a process of introspection and learning.”