FOLLOWING her controversial statement on the Holocaust on Monday, Whoopi Goldberg has reportedly been suspended from The View.
The Oscar-winning actress will be off the show for two weeks after claiming that the Holocaust was “not about race.”
“While Whoopi has apologized, I’ve asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments,” said ABC News President Kim Godwin.
“The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, amigos, family and communities.”
Whoopi expressed regret for her words in an apology on Twitter. “My words upset so many people, which was never my intention," ella dijo.
“I understand why now and for that I am deeply, deeply grateful because the information I got was really helpful and helped me understand some different things.”
CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, Johnathan Greenblatt was brought to the show on Tuesday to discuss Whoopi’s statements.
“Jewish people at the moment are feeling besieged,” said Greenblatt.
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Goldberg’s comments came only days after Holocaust Remembrance Day when tribute was paid to the six million people who died.
The View’s show on Monday had been discussing the recent scandal after a Tennessee school board voted to remove the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus from an eighth-grade language arts curriculum.
The book depicts Jews being tortured and murdered by the Nazis during World War Two.
The board had claimed the book is unsuitable because of bad language and the depiction of female nudity.
It was removed from this school’s curriculum after months of increased pressure from parents in some districts over books that focus on issues of race, gender identity, and sexuality.
“I’m surprised that’s what made you uncomfortable, the fact that there was some nudity. quiero decir, it’s about the Holocaust, the killing of 6 million people, but that didn’t bother you?” Goldberg asked.
While these first comments did not initially draw the anger of her co-hosts, Goldberg later returned to her theory that the Holocaust, which was sparked by the belief in a “master race” and a desire for “racial purity,” was not about race.
“If you’re going to do this, then let’s be truthful about it,” Goldberg said.
“Because the Holocaust isn’t about race. No, it’s not about race.”
Co-host Joy Behar hit back: “Then what was it about?”
“It’s about man’s inhumanity to man,” Goldberg responded, again claiming Adolf Hitler’s “Final Solution” was not about race.
“That’s what it’s about.”
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