Whoopi Goldberg Suspended at ‘The View’ Over “Hurtful” Holocaust Comments

Whoopi Goldberg has been suspended by ABC’s The View.

The daytime panel show co-host will be off the program for two weeks after making controversial comments Monday about the Jewish people and the Holocaust in response to a local school board banning the graphic novel Maus.

ABC News president Kim Godwin announced the decision in a note to staff Tuesday night.

“Effective immediately, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her wrong and hurtful comments,” Godwin said. “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,” she addd in her memo. “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.”

Goldberg apologized on the program earlier on Tuesday, in a segment that also included an interview with Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.

“Yesterday on the show I misspoke,” Goldberg said to open the talk show. “[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.”

The controversy erupted on Monday’s show, when Goldberg said during a segment about Maus: “Let’s be truthful about it because Holocaust isn’t about race. It’s not about race. It’s not about race. It’s about man’s inhumanity to man.”

Co-host Ana Navarro responded to Goldberg, saying: “But it’s about white supremacists going after Jews.“

“But these are two white groups of people!” Goldberg replied. “The minute you turn it into race it goes down this alley. Let’s talk about it for what it is. It’s how people treat each other. It doesn’t matter if you’re Black or white, Jews, it’s each other.”

Goldberg made similar comments on CBS’ Late Show Monday evening, but also released an apology on her social media feeds, saying: ” “I’m sorry for the hurt that I have caused.”

Read Godwin’s memo, below.

From: “Godwin, Kim” 

Good evening ABC News—

I want to follow up with you all regarding Whoopi Goldberg’s comments on “The View” yesterday that were misinformed, upsetting and hurtful. I have made the decision to suspend Whoopi from “The View” for two weeks effective immediately. 

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. 

It was important that Whoopi had a chance to address her comments on the show today where she made them and have an educational conversation with Jonathan Greenblatt from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). 

I appreciate their conversation and his acknowledgement of Whoopi’s efforts. As he tweeted, “Deeply appreciate @WhoopiGoldberg inviting me on to @TheView today to have an important discussion on the importance of educating about the Holocaust. Whoopi has been a long-time ally of the Jewish community and @ADL and her apology is very much welcome.”

Whoopi has shown through her actions over many years that she understands the horrors of the Holocaust and she started today’s show with that recognition. 

But words matter and we must be cognizant of the impact our words have.

I’ll be issuing the below statement shortly.

“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.”

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7 comments

  • Free speech is free speech. While I do not like or agree with Whoopee Goldberg, I will defend to the death her right to speak her mind.

  • They should have fired her

  • Walter E Beverly III

    It is about time ! This woman is a racist as well as an anti-Semite.

  • Ms Gloria Mitchell

    Jewish isn’t a nationality it is a religion. But I don’t think for one minute she meant anything negative about it. Sometimes she puts her foot in her mouth, not because she is negative but because she is very opinionated!!! Give her a break👍👍💖❤️💝😘😍

  • The ENTIRE “show” needs to be removed!

    • There’s NO WAY ABC television can bring this person back on the show. This isn’t the first time her comments have been divisive, derogatory & completely out-of-step on this fading show.
      Her attacks on conservative guests & total disrespect for opposing opinion’s has not served to advance the show & the show’s appeal has become a one-sided vernacular. Is it any wonder the show cannot find at least a moderate conservative pundit to be a show regular? Goldberg has poisoned the show for the last time. Hey ABC! Fire her now!

      • Walter E Beverly III

        I’ll bet you anything from dollars to donuts that they bring her back.

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