ABC News announced Tuesday night that actress and talk show host Whoopi Goldberg was suspended from The View for two weeks after claiming that the Holocaust “isn’t about race.”
Kim Godwin, president of ABC News, announced the suspension after Goldberg issued a public apology.
“Effective immediately, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her wrong and hurtful comments,” Godwin said in the statement.
“While Whoopi has apologized, I’ve asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments,” she continued. “The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family and communities.”
Goldberg’s controversial comments on the Holocaust came on Monday’s broadcast of The View during a panel discussion regarding a Tennessee school board’s decision to ban Maus, a Pulitzer prize-winning Holocaust graphic novel.
“Let’s be truthful, the Holocaust isn’t about race, it’s not. It’s about man’s inhumanity to man, that’s what it’s about. These are two groups of white people,” she told her co-hosts.
“You’re missing the point … let’s talk about it for what it really is. It’s about how people treat each other,” Goldberg contended. “It’s a problem. It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white, Jews … everybody eats each other.”
According to The Guardian, Goldberg was immediately condemned across social media leading up to her suspension. Organizations such as The Auschwitz Memorial and StopAntisemitism.org also denounced her comments, while Jonathan Greenblatt from the Anti-Defamation League labeled Goldberg’s remarks “dangerous.”
Top management officials at Disney, which owns ABC News, finalized the decision to suspend Goldberg, Variety reported.
On Monday night, Goldberg issued a public apology on her Twitter account.
“On today’s show, I said the Holocaust ‘is not about race, but about man’s inhumanity to man’. I should have said it was about both,” the talk show host said.
“As Jonathan Greenblatt from the Anti-Defamation league shared, ‘The Holocaust was about the Nazis’ systemic annihilation of Jewish people — who they deemed to be an inferior race.’ I stand corrected,” Goldberg continued.
“The Jewish people around the world have always had my support, and that will never (waver). I am sorry for the hurt I have caused.”
Before her suspension, Goldberg continued to apologize on Tuesday’s episode of the View. Greenblatt, who appeared at the start of the show, thanked her for “acknowledging the Holocaust for what it was.”
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts of the For Your Soul podcast, which seeks to equip the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine. Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.