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ABC News has suspended “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg for comments she made regarding the Holocaust and how that genocidal event wasn’t about race, while Fox News host Laura Ingraham mocked the move saying she didn’t know how she could go on with Goldberg being off the air.
As Fox News host Sean Hannity handed off to Laura Ingraham for the night on Tuesday, Ingraham mockingly cried while lowering her face into her hands, “Oh no! Wait… wait a second… wait a second. Did you say Whoopi Goldberg is suspended for two weeks?”
Hannity laughed and said, “You’re awful. You’re just awful.”
“I can’t, I can’t, I can’t go on. Take the hour. Take the hour I can’t do it,” Ingraham said through faux tears before laughing at the suspension of Goldberg.
“Effective immediately, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her wrong and hurtful comments,” ABC News President Kim Godwin announced in a statement that was released Tuesday evening. “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, and communities,” Godwin asserted.
— ABC News PR (@ABCNewsPR) February 2, 2022
Godwin went on to state that “these decisions are never easy, but necessary.” While Goldberg’s comments “do not align” with the values or culture of ABC News, she continued, “it was important” that “The View” co-host had a chance 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 acknowledgment of Whoopi’s efforts,” she concluded.
“People are really upset and don’t understand why it took two days,” an ABC executive told The Daily Beast. Multiple sources claim that Goldberg’s co-hosts Sunny Hostin, Joy Behar, and Ana Navarro are furious with ABC’s decision.
The incident occurred on Monday as Goldberg bluntly asserted that the Holocaust was not about race.
“What is it about?” co-host Joy Behar then asked Goldberg.
“It’s about man’s inhumanity to man, that’s what it’s about,” Goldberg posited.
“But it’s about a white supremacist going after Jews and Gypsies,” guest co-host Ana Navarro contended.
“But these are two white groups of people,” Goldberg said to her shocked colleagues.
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The comments incensed Jewish groups, who loudly condemned the remarks and accused her of minimizing Jewish suffering.
Goldberg tweeted out an apology and then appeared on “The Late Show” attempting to explain what she said.
“On today’s show, I said the Holocaust ‘is not about race, but about man’s inhumanity to man.’ I should have said it is about both,” Goldberg tweeted. “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 [waver]. I’m sorry for the hurt I have caused,” she added.
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) February 1, 2022
“It upset a lot of people which was never, ever, ever, ever my intention… I thought we were having a discussion,” Goldberg said to Stephen Colbert. “I think of race as being something that I can see… You couldn’t tell who was Jewish. They had to delve deeply to figure it out… My point is, they had to do the work.”
She went on to say, “I don’t want to fake apologize… I’m very upset that people misunderstood what I was saying.”
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Goldberg apologized on “The View” Tuesday as well, saying she “regrets” her comments.
“Yesterday on our show, I misspoke. I tweeted about it last night but I want you to hear it from me directly,” she stated. “I said something that I feel a responsibility for not leaving unexamined because my words upset so many people, which was never my intention. I understand why now, and for that, I am deeply, deeply grateful because the information I got was really helpful, and it helped me understand some different things.”
“I said the Holocaust wasn’t about race and was instead about man’s inhumanity to man,” Goldberg continued. “But it is indeed about race because Hitler and the Nazis considered Jews to be an inferior race.”
She added, “Now, words matter, and mine are no exception. I regret my comments, as I said, and I stand corrected. I also stand with the Jewish people as they know and y’all know, because I’ve always done that.”
PageSix is reporting that many at ABC News don’t consider Goldberg’s apologies or her suspension sufficient and want her fired from the network.
“ABC staffers and Disney Network execs are saying Whoopi went way too far. And board members are not happy with her apology and want a fuller retraction. The word is that Whoopi is in ‘deep s**t,’” one ABC insider reportedly said. “Why does Whoopi seemingly get a pass when others don’t? Perhaps this time she won’t. Many at the network — including her fellow hosts — believe Whoopi is too controversial now for the show.”
Whoopi Goldberg apologizes after she’s pummeled from all sides for insisting Holocaust was ‘not about race’ https://t.co/KVblsa9QZf
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 2, 2022
The insider also said that the incident “isn’t just going to blow over.”
“This will cast a shadow over everything for a while. Even Joy Behar was heard saying backstage that Whoopi is ‘dead wrong’ and may not ever recover from this,” the source reported. “Joy found this particularly troubling and couldn’t believe Whoopi wouldn’t stand corrected until she was forced.”
Others at ABC are “incredulous,” according to the source, and are allegedly asking questions such as, “How stoned can she be?”
“Her agents are panicking that she may have ruined herself for good,” the source went on to claim. “Plus, now she has to worry about potential death threats.”
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