Goldberg Suspended From ABC
Whoopi Goldberg has put herself in a bit of trouble with her choice of words and will now not be appearing on The View in the upcoming weeks. Her stance on the Holocaust was unacceptable, and now she faces the consequences.
In a statement released from ABC President Kim Godwin, she apologized for the comments from Goldberg and that they were “misinformed, upsetting, and hurtful.” While her actions are considered, ABC recognized that her approach was not the best intention. Godwin states, “I have made the decision to suspend Whoopi from “The View” for two weeks effectively immediately.”
Here’s the full note that ABC News president Kim Godwin sent staffers tonight about @WhoopiGoldberg. She said such decisions “are never easy, but necessary.”
“Words matter and we must be cognizant of the impact our words have.” pic.twitter.com/vMK5kSPAmj
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) February 2, 2022
“I’ve asked her to take the time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments,” Godwin writes. “The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family, and communities.”
“Not about race, about man’s inhumanity.”
Godwin’s statement was public the day after the show aired Monday, Jan. 31, and as the news began to unfold, many could not believe what Goldberg had to say. The Ghost star said that the Holocaust was “not about race” during a discussion and more so “about man’s inhumanity to man.”
Shortly after, the 66-year-old went onto Twitter to resolve the issue, but that was not enough for many.
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) February 1, 2022
“On today’s show, I said the Holocaust is not about race, but about man’s inhumanity to man,” she writes. “I should have said it is about both.”
Goldberg added, “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 View star ended with, “The Jewish people around the world have and always will have my support and that will never waiver. I’m sorry for the hurt I have caused.”
Goldberg Apologizes For Her Efforts
While that was already enough chaos, Goldberg addressed the matter during her appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and that it was not her intention to hurt anyone. She does not recognize the platform she has and, at times, uses that to her best advantage.
The Sister Act star went on The View Tuesday to formally apologize, and she acknowledged the information she now has obtained has given her a better understanding of the subject. She shares that the Holocaust “is indeed about race, [Adolf] Hitler and the Nazis considered Jews to be an inferior race.”
While time can only heal, Whoopi Goldberg did an impactful thing that hurt many people. The network recognized her behavior and stood behind what’s right from wrong.
Do you believe the network made the right decision?