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Whoopi Goldberg Was Close To Leaving $8 Million Per Year ‘The View’ Gig After Suspension Over Holocaust Remarks: Sources

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Jan. 4 2023, Published 3:30 p.m. ET

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Whoopi Goldberg was ready to leave her job at The View last year but only if she was paid out the millions owed on her contract, has learned.

Sources reveal that last summer the 66-year-old was under pressure to walk away from the longtime gig. As previously reported, friends close to Whoopi have been urging her to leave claiming it has caused her too much stress.

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An insider said Whoopi was considering leaving The View but wanted to collect on the four-year deal she inked in September 2021 — worth an estimated $8 million a year — whether she’s sitting in the hot seat or not.

“Even with her giant-size ego, she can’t hold off her enemies forever,” said a source at the time. “She wants a hefty payoff to leave or else she’ll stay and make everyone miserable.”

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An insider said her bosses were “considering it.” The source explained, “Whoopi has three years left on her contract but after her embarrassing blunders the feeling is it might be prudent to replace her.”

Sources said Whoopi had been debating on leaving months after ABC suspended her over her remarks about the holocaust. During a Hot Topics segment, the host said the Holocaust was “not about race ... it’s about man’s inhumanity to other man.”

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“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,” ABC News President Kim Godwin said after announcing Whoopi’s suspension.

“Whoopi’s attitude is they can put her out to pasture, but they’re going to have to cough up some serious cash,” added the insider at the time. The EGOT winner never left the show but has since gotten into more hot water.

Last month, Whoopi issued a second apology for making additional comments about the Holocaust.

“It was never my intention to appear as if I was doubling down on hurtful comments, especially after talking with and hearing people like rabbis and old and new friends weighing in. I’m still learning a lot and believe me, I heard everything everyone said to me,” she said. “I believe that the Holocaust was about race, and I am still as sorry now as I was then that I upset, hurt and angered people. My sincere apologies again, especially to everyone who thought this was a fresh rehash of the subject.”



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