(Fwrd Axis) — ABC News suspended “The View” host Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks on Tuesday night amid her controversial comments on Monday’s show when she falsely said the Holocaust was “not about race.”
“Effective immediately, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her wrong and hurtful comments,” ABC News president Kim Godwin said in a statement. “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.”
Goldberg was having a roundtable discussion with her co-hosts about the controversial issue in Tennessee for banning the graphic novel “Maus” when she made the comment that landed her in hot water.
“If you’re going to do this, then let’s be truthful about it because the Holocaust isn’t about race,” she said. She added it was about “man’s inhumanity to man” and that both groups were white.
The 66-year-old comedian and actress apologized both on Twitter and on Tuesday’s show, admitting she was wrong for her comments, apologizing on air.
“As Jonathan Greenblatt of 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,” she wrote.
“The Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never waiver. I’m sorry for the hurt I have caused,” she added.
On Tuesday’s show, she opened the show by stating her apology on-air, admitting she was wrong for her comments.
“I tweeted about it last night but I kind of want you to hear it from me directly. I feel a responsibility,” she said. “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. It is indeed about race because Hitler and the Nazis considered Jews to be the inferior race,” she continued. “Words matter and mine are no exception. I regret my comments and I stand corrected.”
While Goldberg apologized, Page Six reports that ABC insiders, as well as fellow hosts on “The View”, were privately calling for her to be disciplined.
“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,” a show source told the outlet.
This is a developing story and will be updated with more information.