Whoopi Goldberg Suspended From 'The View' After Holocaust Remarks
Whoopi Goldberg is being put on suspension by ABC after her comments about race and the holocaust have caused an uproar.
ABC News president Kim Godwin released a statement on Tuesday reading, "Effective immediately, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her wrong and hurtful comments."
She added, "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 has already apologized via a statement and in an extensive interview on Stephen Colbert's show. She told the host she genuinely did not mean to insult the Jewish community and believed race was a physical characteristic.
She said she had been talking to people about the matter and would do better.
The comments that caused the heat happened on Monday during a segment about books being burned.
Goldberg said the Holocaust wasn't about race. "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.” She said it could not be about race because it was two groups of white people and not two groups of different races.
On Colbert, 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.”
Earlier today, Whoopi's former co-host Meghan McCain decided to join in and wrote a scathing essay about her one-time coworker.
She said she was not impressed with Whoopi's "half-assed apology for antisemitism."
Many have been losing it on Twitter calling for ABC to fire Whoopi over the comments. "If she returns my family will not watch ABC again. Please implement waste management of people who insult others in such fashion," one angry viewer wrote.
"She should have been fired, just like they fired Roseanne and her comment was nothing like this and Roseanne was a money maker for ABC," wrote another.