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Whoopi Goldberg Suspended From ‘The View’ Over Holocaust Comments

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Late Tuesday in a statement from ABC News President Kim Godwin, The View’s Whoopi Goldberg has been suspended for two weeks for comments made about the Holocaust on Monday’s show.

In a memo to her staff, Godwin wrote: “Effective immediately, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her wrong and hurtful comments. 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. These decisions are never easy, but necessary. Just last week I noted that the culture at ABC News is one that is driven, kind, inclusive, respectful, and transparent. Whoopi’s comments do not align with those values.”

This all began when during Monday’s episode of The View, Goldberg made controversial comments about the Jewish people and the Holocaust in response to a Tennessee school district decision to ban the graphic novel Maus.  Whoopi said, “Let’s be truthful about it because Holocaust isn’t about race. It’s not about race. It’s about man’s inhumanity to man.”  She later tweeted an apology after coming under fire for her comments.

Meanwhile, Goldberg offered up an apology earlier on Tuesday in a segment on The View with Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.  Whoopi said: “Yesterday on the show I misspoke. (The Holocaust) is indeed about race, because Hitler and the Nazis considered the Jews to be an inferior race. Now, words matter, and mine are no exception. I regret my comments and I stand corrected. I also stand with the Jewish people.”

So, what do you think about ABC News’ decision to suspend Whoopi? Comment below.

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aria
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aria

Whoopi is great but if you watch the show she has a history of never thinking she’s wrong, yes the women on the show are paid to have a “View” but this one takes the cake and yes the suspension is justified, hopefully she will have time to reflect and learn to listen, I mean her fellow cohost were giving her so many chances to get out of the major shit she stepped on but she was more interested in being right just because she’s Whoopi Goldberg, I hope she comes to the realization that she has a big ego… Read more »

Kimberly Raymond
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Kimberly Raymond

Whoopie should be fired from the View. She is a rude, inconsiderate, hateful person.

anne
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anne

I agree with you. Sharon Osborne was fired for what she said on “The Talk”. There cannot be one rule for Whoopie and another rule for everyone else.

JenW
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JenW

I’m so fed-up with all these “celebrities” and people in the public eye making a variety of ignorant comments and then apologizing once they get called out. Why don’t they put their brain in gear before opening their mouths.

Caress Morell
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Caress Morell

I like Whoopi but I hate the View and they should yank that stupid show off the air.

Shelly
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Shelly

Cancel most of these hideous talk shows, boring news shows and bring back our soaps!!!!

Caress Morell
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Caress Morell

Totally

anne
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anne

Shelly-absolutely not! At least the talk shows are entertaining and not constantly feeding us same old tired plot lines.

anne
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anne

Does Whoopie not realize that there are survivors of the Holocaust still living? How could she have said anything so insensitive and hurtful!

Timmm
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Timmm

So true. Its just some rich Hollywood “Know it all” who thinks her crap doesn’t stink!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

As I have written at this site, I don’t care for the way Whoopi moderates The View. It’s with an iron fist. She is quick to cut someone off and go to commercial if she doesn’t like their viewpoint — ironic, isn’t it? As others have stated, she is steadfast in her strong opinions and doesn’t like to back down. So this must be extremely difficult for her. I think, at the very least, the 2-week suspension is appropriate, but had it been some other panelist, she might have been outright fired. When the Chris Cuomo’s of the world are… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh James, while I don’t agree completely about Whoopi (she’s a personal hero of mine), what she SHOULD have said was that the Holocaust wasn’t ALL about race. Hitler wanted world domination, regardless. Many of the countries he invaded and decimated were primarily Catholic (like Poland) and he assigned special color stars to homosexuals (pink) and Jehovah’s Witnesses (purple), with no consideration of their race. I think the suspension was the only thing ABC could do; in two weeks, it’ll probably be forgotten. Off subject, what’s up with Willow on GH? Don’t tell me Sonny is her father! Her mother… Read more »

anne
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anne

Soaphound- No! What Whoopie said will not be forgotten in two weeks. Apparently, there are ABC staff members who are angry that she was only given a two week suspension and not fired. And those staff members are not the only people who want Whoopie gone.

Sunny
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Sunny

I love Whoopi!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Me, too, Sunny. In 1985, I purchased the cassette recording of her Broadway show debut, directed by Mike Nichols. It still has a profound effect on me, particularly the section on a visit to the Anne Frank house. How’s that for irony? Anyone who knows Whoopi’s history would know her heart is anything BUT insensitive. Choose better words in the future? OK. But let it go, folks.

Joel
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Joel

She was also Cosby’s biggest fan, even in the face of all the women coming forward until she finally relented.

Satan
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Satan

Ironic that somebody named “Goldberg” would be making antisemitic comments (whether that was her intention or not). I actually thought Whoopi was Jewish herself, given the name.

Don’t watch The View, but I saw her half-assed apology on Stephen Colbert’s show. Don’t think that helped her at all.

anne
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anne

Satan – Whoopie was born Caryn Elaine Johnson! Her father was a Baptist clergymen. Whoopie’s traceable ancestors are African-American not German or Jewish. This fact is no excuse and/or justification for what she said.

Satan
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Satan

I may be having another senior Devil moment here, but I could swear that I heard her claim to be Jewish at some point in the past. Her being African American isn’t a deal breaker there… just ask Sammy Davis Jr, Lenny Kravitz or Saul “Slash” Hudson.

rose
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rose

I watch The View frequently. I like Whoopi. I heard her comment on the show in question and watched her apology the day after. I don’t believe Whoopi meant any disrespect to the Jewish people. In fact, in respect to the Holocaust, she talked about “man’s inhumanity to man.” But maybe for her “race” is about skin color, and not a community of people who have been called the the Jewish race since Egyptian times. And this is something I didn’t learn in school, but from Jonathan Greenblatt who appeared on the apology show the day after. You hope bad… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

She has gone too far this time. ABC needs to fire her. If the holocaust wasn’t about race, what was it about? If she seemed remorseful, maybe people would be more forgiving, but if you watch her I really don’t think she is really remorseful or sorry at all. It really didn’t seem like she was sincerely sorry. ABC needs to step in and cancel her contract.

Satan
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Satan

Describing Jews as a “race” is a bit ambiguous. Certainly back in the day, the original Jews were Hebrews. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, that whole family line. And there are descendants of those folks today, of course. But then Moses had an Ethiopian wife, and there are Ethiopian Jews today, who would be considered a different “race” than the Hebrews. And a lot of the folks living in Israel today… especially the Likud types who are running the government are of European origin. “Likud” is a Russian word, not Hebrew. So again, in terms of “race” they would be different from… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Satan, this is a wonderful, insightful, accurate post I wish everyone would contemplate. People seem on high alert these days, ready to condemn before considering facts, intent, motives, etc. Anyone who’s studied Hitler knows what you said about finding a scapegoat, a common “perceived” enemy, is absolutely true; that was his goal and his road to success. Thanks for being thoughtful instead of hysterical, like so many other of these remarks!

Volet Lemm
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Volet Lemm

Satan
You got it, especially last paragraph.Had someone in my minds eye. Didnt even need a photo. Seen enough in two years to last a lifetime!

Timmm
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Timmm

She should have been fired. She is 66 years old. She is aware. Her ignorance is an excuse, not an apology!

Ksy
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Ksy

I believe this show has been on for 25 years I was shocked! Just remember when our country abolishes our first amendment and our second amendment then we have become communists! I don’t agree with a word that woman says but she has a right to say it ! For goodness sake are you not scared of what America is becoming? I will tell you this Whoopi it doesn’t feel good does it when someone tells you I don’t like your speech and I want you fired!! Wise up!!

judy
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judy

I agree with Anne. So many have been fired for something they said 15 years ago but not whoopy for somethhig in the present. Why not,

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